Challenges and Strategies for Conducting Survey and Focus Group Research With Culturally Diverse Groups The professions represented by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association are serving a wide range of populations as diversity in the United States continues to grow rapidly. This article offers tentative guidance for and invites an open dialogue with other researchers interested in culturally sensitive research issues. Specifically, as the professions adopt ... Research Article
Research Article  |   May 01, 2003
Challenges and Strategies for Conducting Survey and Focus Group Research With Culturally Diverse Groups
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Mary Blake Huer, PhD
    California State University, Fullerton
  • Terry Irvine Saenz
    California State University, Fullerton
  • Contact author: Mary Blake Huer, PhD, Department of Speech Communication, California State University, College Park 420-29, P.O. Box 6868, Fullerton, CA 92834-6868. E-mail: mbhuer@fullerton.edu
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Research Articles
Research Article   |   May 01, 2003
Challenges and Strategies for Conducting Survey and Focus Group Research With Culturally Diverse Groups
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2003, Vol. 12, 209-220. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2003/067)
History: Received February 25, 2002 , Accepted August 5, 2002
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2003, Vol. 12, 209-220. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2003/067)
History: Received February 25, 2002; Accepted August 5, 2002
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The professions represented by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association are serving a wide range of populations as diversity in the United States continues to grow rapidly. This article offers tentative guidance for and invites an open dialogue with other researchers interested in culturally sensitive research issues. Specifically, as the professions adopt an increasingly global perspective, it is likely that researchers will need to acquire skills in conducting research within culturally diverse populations. Within this article, research scenarios are discussed, in particular, methods for survey, interview, and focus groups. Topics such as preparing a research instrument, gaining access to clients, and effectively utilizing interpreters are presented. In brief, this article is designed as a beginning conversation about an increasingly important topic: conducting culturally sensitive research in communication disorders.

Acknowledgments
We deeply appreciate the suggestion by Pat Mirenda that we undertake this written record of our personal experiences with cultural diversity issues. She continually acted as our cheerleader throughout the writing process. Finally, our sincere thanks to those consumers, families, other colleagues, and students who participated during the various research projects. Our collective journey continues…
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