Adolescence poses some distinct challenges to the interviewing process. Applied social scientists frequently use the interview as a tool for the gathering of information from adolescents, but the paucity of information in the literature renders a discussion of adolescent issues particularly appropriate. Developmental issues, methodological issues surrounding the construction of and conducting of the early adolescent research interview, and legal and ethical issues are all reviewed in this paper. Particular emphasis is placed on the highly structured group interview. The authors' multi-year experience working with young adolescents and anecdotal information from a nation-wide longitudinal study of "at-risk" youth form the basis for this overview.

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