Qualitative Research Methods for Psychologists

Introduction through Empirical Studies

Edited by

  • Constance Fischer, Duquesne University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

This collection of 14 original articles teaches readers how to conduct qualitative research. Instead of characterizing and justifying certain methods, the contributors show by means of actual research studies what assumptions, procedures, and dilemmas they encountered. Fischer's introduction, which emphasizes the practical nature of qualitative research and the closing chapter, which uses a question-and-answer format to investigate, among other subjects, what is scientific about qualitative research, are complemented by a glossary and other features that increase the book's utility and value.
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Scientific researchers, academics, and research professionals in applied settings in the social sciences.


Book information

  • Published: November 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-088470-4


"...a rich, multi-layered book...I would particularly recommend this book as a teaching tool to use on post-graduate courses exploring qualitative methodology and psychotherapy." --Linda Finlay for QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY, Volume 3, Number 4, 2006 "Fischer (Duquesne University) brings together experienced researchers to introduce students to the methods of qualitative research. In her introduction, she defines qualitative research, discusses how it compares with quantitative research, and looks at the types of questions such research attempts to answer. She also provides information on practical issues, from picking topics to publishing. Students will particularly appreciate the annotated sources at the end of the introduction, the chapter of frequently asked questions, and the helpful glossary. The 13 chapters include case demonstrations of different approaches to studying clinical practices, affective and cognitive processes, and life situations. Each chapter includes methodology and rationale, biographical information on the author(s), and an introduction explaining the focus of the chapter and how the content fits within the broader text. Throughout readers will observe the reflective processes involved in conducting qualitative research. This will be a valuable source on methods used to conduct phenomenological research. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." --C. J. Speaker, Elmira College for CHOICE, July 2006

Table of Contents

Part I: CLINICAL PRACTICESL. Honos-Webb, W.B. Stiles, L.S. Greenberg, and R. Goldman, An Assimilation Analysis of Psychotherapy: Responsibility for "Being There"A. Madill, Exploring Psychotherapy with Discourse Analysis: Chipping away at the Mortar D.L. Rennie, The Grounded Theory Method: Application of a Variant of its Procedure of Constant Comparative Analysis to Psychotherapy ResearchS. Churchill, Phenomenological Analysis: Clinical Impression Formation during a Psychodiagnostic Interview J. Goicoechea, Diagnostic Discourse in Patient-Staff Interactions: A Conversation Analysis Clarified by Participant InterviewsPart II: AFFECTIVE AND COGNITIVE PROCESSESS.L. Morrow, Honor and Respect: Feminist Collaborative Research with Sexually Abused WomenB. Robbins, An Empirical, Phenomenological Study: Being JoyfulJ. de Rivera, Conceptual Encounter: The Experience of AngerS. Halling, M. Leifer and J.O. Rowe, Emergence of the Dialogal Approach: Forgiving AnotherH.R. Pollio and M.J. Ursiak, A Thematic Analysis of Written Accounts: Thinking about ThoughtPart III: LIFE SITUATIONSV. Esbjörn-Hargens and R. Anderson, Intuitive Inquiry: An Exploration of Embodiment among Contemporary Female MysticsA. Collen, An Application of Experiential Method in Psychology: What Is It Like to Be a Stranger in a Foreign LandL. Levers, Focus Groups and Related Rapid Assessment Methods: Identifying Psychoeducational HIV/AIDS Interventions in Botswana