14. Q Methodological Research in Mental Health and Psychotherapy

  1. David Harper2 and
  2. Andrew R. Thompson3
  1. Wendy Stainton Rogers and
  2. Phillip O. Dyson Rogers

Published Online: 28 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119973249.ch14

Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners

Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners

How to Cite

Stainton Rogers, W. and Dyson Rogers, P. O. (2011) Q Methodological Research in Mental Health and Psychotherapy, in Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners (eds D. Harper and A. R. Thompson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119973249.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of East London (UEL), UK

  2. 3

    University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. Open University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470663738

Online ISBN: 9781119973249

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Keywords:

  • Q methodological research - in mental health and psychotherapy;
  • Q methodology, and William Stephenson - insight into ways, people make sense of life-worlds;
  • Q methodology, alternative understandings - of people ‘hearing voices’ and what they mean;
  • two distinctive elements in Q study - Q-sorting and Q factor analysis;
  • Q factor analysis, a variant on standard factor analysis;
  • understanding Q, understanding - traditional and Q factor analyses differences;
  • factor analysis, correlation of scores on tests - clusters of tests, highly correlated;
  • Block's standardized Q-set (‘California Q-set’) - individuals' sorting patterns and templates;
  • Q-set, as good a sample as possible - of what Q methodologists, call the ‘concourse’;
  • Q methodology and policy - used in ways, impacting on mental health theory, and practice

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • A Short Introduction to Q Methodology

  • History

  • Epistemological Assumptions

  • Research Questions

  • What Kind of Data are Most Appropriate for Q Methodological Studies?

  • Involving Research Participants and Service Users

  • How to Perform a Q Methodological Study

  • Principles of a Good Q Study

  • Q Methodology and Policy

  • Recent Innovation in Q Research

  • References