16. In Pursuit of Quality

  1. David Harper3 and
  2. Andrew R. Thompson4
  1. Liz Spencer1 and
  2. Jane Ritchie2

Published Online: 28 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119973249.ch16

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

Spencer, L. and Ritchie, J. (2011) In Pursuit of Quality, 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.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of East London (UEL), UK

  2. 4

    University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Essex, UK

  2. 2

    National Centre, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470663738

Online ISBN: 9781119973249

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • establishing good quality qualitative research - in mental health, in pursuit of quality;
  • qualitative research, identifying - widely held quality principles;
  • ‘Quality’ debate - judging quality of qualitative research, contested in literature;
  • key concerns, whether quality involves - same constructs, in qualitative and quantitative research;
  • closed, yes/no questions, quality frameworks - adopting an open-ended format;
  • debates, and issues - qualitative research, relevance beyond participants, or context of study itself;
  • methodological validity - transposed to concerns about rigour;
  • defensibility of approach and design - part of well-constructed research;
  • reliability, viewed in terms - of auditability, dependability or reflexivity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The ‘Quality’ Debate

  • Some Guiding Principles

  • Quality in Practice

  • Conclusions

  • References