Focus group analysis – Malta
The focus groups took place at a higher secondary school, which is a two-year educational institution preparing students for entry into universities. The students were 16 years of age and in their first year of study at the preparatory school.
The first focus group included five boys and was carried out inside the school’s classroom on 16 June 2017. The session was recorded and transcribed, and followed the structure of the Bystanders Project’s guide for the focus groups. The atmosphere among the boys was pleasant, although each had their arms crossed in front of them, pointing to some level of unease. While at the start of the focus group two boys gave most input, others, who seemed more quiet at first joined in with their answers, not long after.
The second focus group included five girls and was carried out inside the school’s classroom on 21 June 2017. The session was recorded and transcribed, and followed the structure of the Bystanders Project’s guide for the focus groups. For the girls, this was their last day of school, and they were clearly happy about this. Most of the girls knew each other well and could introduce each other within the group. As in any group, two of the participants were more active, but still the input was more equal among them, when compared to the boys’ group.