Finding the Rainbow: Reflections upon Recruiting Openly Gay Men for Qualitative Research

By Shaun Michael Filiault and Murray J. N. Drummond.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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It has been suggested that greater attention needs be paid to the methods used when engaging in research with gay men, including enhanced focus on methods of recruitment (Filiault & Drummond 2009). Pursuant to that argument, this manuscript reflects upon the methods of recruitment used in research about gay men, and the importance of recruitment with regards to research validity and reliability. It is argued that recruitment is best conceptualised as a dynamic process which influences the entire research program, rather than a static event, as recruitment is often characterised in the literature. The authors then engage in a critical self reflection regarding the recruitment methods used in their body of research about gay men. Issues related to cyber-recruitment, emic and etic, and inclusion criteria are discussed.

Keywords: Recruitment, Validity, Reliability, Gay Men, Qualitative Methods

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.183-192. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.137MB).

Dr. Shaun Michael Filiault

Lecturer, School of Education, Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Shaun M. Filiault is a lecturer in health education at the Flinders University of South Australia. He is also a final year doctoral candidate in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia. His research interests include men's health, body image and obesity, homosexuality, the sociocultural aspects of sport, and research methods.

Prof. Murray J. N. Drummond

Associate Professor, School of Education, Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr. Murray J.N. Drummond is an associate professor of physical education at the Flinders University of South Australia. Dr. Drummond has published in numerous international peer-reviewed journals in the areas of men's health, body image, and sexuality.

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