If I begin the interview by asking her about her friends, where she grew up and what kind of career she would one day like to pursue, I am setting up a conversation that will make her feel comfortable.
However, if I begin the interview by asking her how many partner’s she’s had, and whether or not she used a condom the last time she had oral sex, I’m obviously going to have a very different conversation.
One conversation will allow for trust and comfort to be slowly developed over the course of our talk. The other will likely create a space where the young woman feels defensive, and maybe even offended.
Which one do you think would be more productive for your research?