"Intimacy, Rapport, and Exceptional Disclosure: a Comparison of In-Person and Mediated Interview Contexts"
PhD Alumna Brandy Jenner has published with Kit C. Myers (Roanoke College) in the International Journal of Social Research Methodology: "Intimacy, Rapport, and Exceptional Disclosure: a Comparison of In-Person and Mediated Interview Contexts."
While qualitative researchers increasingly accept online video interviews as a reliable method, many maintain concerns about rapport and data quality. Drawing on two separate interview projects conducted in private in-person settings, public in-person settings, and privately via Skype, we compare interview contexts with regard to rapport, suitability to sensitive topics, interview duration, and scheduling concerns raised by prior research. Analytical comparison of these two corpuses of data suggest, largely in contrast to previous literature, that (1) interviews conducted in private settings (either in-person or via Skype) result in more sharing of deeply personal experiences, and there is little difference in this exceptional disclosure between Skype and in-person private interviews; (2) interviewing via Skype produces neither reduction nor inappropriate excesses of rapport; and (3) Skype interviews are a popular choice among participants, did not result in shorter interview duration, and were not subject to greater rescheduling or cancellation.
Jenner, B. M., & Myers, K. C. (2018). Intimacy, rapport, and exceptional disclosure: A comparison of in-person and mediated interview contexts. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 21(5). https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2018.1512694