5. Qualitative Data Collection: Asking the Right Questions

  1. David Harper2 and
  2. Andrew R. Thompson3
  1. Hannah Frith and
  2. Kate Gleeson

Published Online: 28 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119973249.ch5

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

Frith, H. and Gleeson, K. (2011) Qualitative Data Collection: Asking the Right Questions, 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.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of East London (UEL), UK

  2. 3

    University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Brighton, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470663738

Online ISBN: 9781119973249

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • qualitative data collection, and the right questions - fraught with problems;
  • data collection method;
  • no magic formula for research design - and no ‘right’ way for qualitative method implementation;
  • different methods of data collection structure - sort of knowledge generated;
  • research questions, data collection method - emerging;
  • choosing a data collection technique - a relatively neutral task;
  • data collection method - suiting participant groups, and interests;
  • research interviews, mirroring therapeutic encounters - talking about experiences;
  • consultation with service users - and complex set of issues;
  • methods of data collection - part of planning and decision making

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What Data Collection Method Should I Use?

  • Does the Data Collection Method Allow Me to Answer my Research Question?

  • Does the Data Collection Technique Fit with the Epistemological Assumptions that Underlie the Research?

  • Will the Data Collection Method Suit the Participant Group and Their Abilities and Interests?

  • How Does the Method Structure the Process of Engagement?

  • How Will my Participants Make Sense of This Method?

  • Conclusions

  • References