Yarning as an Interview Method for Non-Indigenous Clinicians and Health Researchers

Byrne, Amy-Louise, McLellan, Sandy, Willis, Eileen, Curnow, Venessa, Harvey, Clare, Brown, Janie, and Hegney, Desley (2021) Yarning as an Interview Method for Non-Indigenous Clinicians and Health Researchers. Qualitative Health Research, 31 (7). pp. 1345-1357.

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In this article, we discuss the origins, epistemology, and forms of Yarning as derived from the literature, and its use in research and clinical contexts. Drawing on three Yarns, the article addresses the extent to which non-Indigenous researchers and clinicians rightfully use and adapt this information-gathering method, or alternatively, may engage in yet another form of what can be described as post-colonialist behavior. Furthermore, we argue that while non-Indigenous researchers can use Yarning as an interview technique, this does not necessarily mean they engage in Indigenous methodologies. As we note, respectfully interviewing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can be a challenge for non-Indigenous researchers. The difficulties go beyond differences in language to reveal radically different expectations about how relationships shape information giving. Yarning as a method for addressing cross-cultural clinical and research differences goes some way to ameliorating these barriers, but also highlights the post-colonial tensions.

Item ID: 70390
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-7557
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Australia, clinicians, methods, qualitative, researchers, yarning
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2021.
Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 23:38
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