The three participants were:
John is a 21 year old male and has moved to Northampton without knowing the area well enough and did not know anyone either however he is enjoying his time at university.
Craig is a 19 year old male who is studying Psychology and Counselling. He lives in a shared house with some of his friends who he had met during his first year of university.
Latifa is a 19 year old female who moved into halls of residence for her first year. She had never visited Northampton before therefore it was a new experience for her.
A semi-structured interview was used to collect in-depth data because they allow interviewees to fully explain and justify their answers. The final interview questions were formed by 9 open ended questions (see appendix A) which covered the areas regarding friendship such as what was the interviewee’s definition of friendship. Further questions were asked in-between main questions to get detailed explanations for the participant’s reasons.
Braun and Clarke (2006) defined thematic analysis as a method which