Christchurch School of Medicine study: methodology and methods

Gillian Abel, Lisa Fitzgerald and Cheryl Brunton

in Taking the crime out of sex work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423344
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303664 | DOI:
Christchurch School of Medicine study: methodology and methods

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This chapter offers a detailed account of the methodological approach and the methods used by the University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine (CSoM) in examining the implication of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act (PRA) on the health and safety practices of sex workers. It begins by discussing the community-based participatory research, a method that is regarded as the best practice in research involving marginalised groups of people such as sex workers. The chapter also describes the mixed-method research, which utilised quantitative and qualitative methods. It also discusses the quantitative arm of the research, the development of the questionnaire, the methods used to sample the survey population, the process of quantitative data collection, and the analysis of the questionnaire data. The description of the qualitative arm of the research gives attention to the selection of the samples, the semi-structured in-depth interviews undertaken to collect the data, and its theoretical thematic analysis. The chapter also provides a content analysis of newspaper coverage of the PRA.

Keywords: methods; Christchurch; Prostitution Reform Act; health practices; safety practices; sex workers; mixed-method research

Chapter.  6200 words. 

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