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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2011, Article ID 596820, 6 pages
Research Article

Analysis of Participant Reactivity in Dyads Performing a Videotaped Conflict-Management Task

School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792, USA

Received 7 March 2011; Accepted 11 April 2011

Academic Editors: T. Bradshaw and A. Green

Copyright © 2011 Yulia Y. Semeniuk and Susan K. Riesch. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Videotaping is used frequently in nursing research. A threat to the validity of videotaping is participant reactivity, that is, being recorded by a camera may influence the behavior of interest. This paper's purpose is to report how youth ages 10 to 14 years old and their parent viewed participation in a videotaped conflict-management task. Five dyads, who were part of a randomized clinical trial testing an intervention to promote parent-child communication, participated in a structured interview. All parents were mothers. Youth were eighth graders. Three were boys and two were girls. Findings indicated that (a) dyads felt that the videotaped interaction had a progression of feeling unnatural in the beginning to feeling natural toward the end, (b) dyads found it relatively easy to choose a topic of discussion, and (c) dyads felt that the discussions were meaningful. Based on these data, recommendations for researchers to reduce participant reactivity are provided.