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West J Nurs Res. 2003 Nov;25(7):798-814.

Using focus groups to develop culturally relevant instruments.

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  • Department of Family and Child Nursing, University of Washington.

Abstract

Recent criticism has focused on the validity of instruments used in research with immigrant populations. Conventional instrument development or validation techniques may not be adequate to determine whether an instrument is appropriate for use with populations who differ from those with whom the instrument was originally developed. This article discusses the value of using focus group methodology to develop instruments for use with immigrant populations using the example of an intergenerational conflict tool for multigenerational Chinese immigrant families. Involving community members through focus groups is an important component of instrument development that is often neglected by researchers. This process was critical to developing a culturally appropriate instrument that accurately reflected the community's life experiences. Strategies for conducting meaningful and successful focus groups with Chinese immigrants are provided. Advantages and disadvantages of using focus groups are also discussed.

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