Approaches to and outcomes of dyadic interview analysis

Qual Health Res. 2010 Dec;20(12):1642-55. doi: 10.1177/1049732310376520. Epub 2010 Jul 27.


Qualitative studies on dyads have increased over the last two decades. However, emphasis has been on their thematic content, and very few methodological advances have occurred for conducting this type of research. For instance, literature exists about ways to collect dyadic data, but not how to analyze it. Our aim with this article is to discuss dyadic analysis using data from separate interviews, which is then analyzed on both individual and dyadic levels. We focus on the contrasts and overlaps between the partners' versions as reflected in the text and subtext, and on the descriptive and interpretive levels, based on data from our recent study on second couplehood in old age. We examine how dyadic analysis assists in deriving themes related to the nature of couple relationships, which could otherwise not have been reached.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged / psychology*
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Interviews as Topic / methods*
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Narration*
  • Qualitative Research*
  • Spouses / psychology*