In my inquiry they must, therefore, be the heart and soul as their input and insight will provide the greatest enhancement to my understanding.
For this reason I cannot reduce them to numbers, statistics or graphs but need to give them voice and substance:
If one boy out of a hundred finds a way to get along splendidly with his parents, this is something that hardly warrants mention in a statistical description of what teenagers are like. But this one-in-one-hundred finding can be the most important fact if we wish to understand what adolescence could be like. So...we are not only concerned with proportions and averages; perhaps the most telling insight on this age of transition comes from persons and events that show how, despite widespread confusion or boredom, it is possible to create enjoyment and meaning. (1984, xv)
Csikszentmihalyi, M. and Larson, R. 1984. Being adolescent: Conflict and growth in the teenage years. NY: Basic Books.