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  •  No worries, bsm. (1+ / 0-)
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    I've had some experience trying to interpret responses from people talking about substance abuse issues using all sorts of initially confusing terminology (responses to surveys and focus group questions, for example); it can be really difficult to figure out what a person's getting at if you aren't using the same vocabulary to describe the same phenomena. There are a surprising number of terms used to describe common concepts like beginning/end, early/late, light/moderate/heavy, easy/difficult, etc. It can be frustrating to feel like you're almost on the same page as someone, but not quite, and just as confusing to feel as though you're not understanding/being understood when discussing the same issue (very common in focus groups). It's all good! :-)

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