7. Choosing a Qualitative Research Method

  1. David Harper1 and
  2. Andrew R. Thompson2
  1. David Harper

Published Online: 28 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119973249.ch7

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

Harper, D. (2011) Choosing a Qualitative Research Method, 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.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of East London (UEL), UK

  2. 2

    University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. University of East London (UEL), UK

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:

  • choosing a qualitative research method - method of data analysis, not data collection;
  • pragmatic approach - in choosing analytic method;
  • research method, and different methods - for addressing research questions;
  • methods, that work with conditions met - qualitative methods, also differing;
  • epistemology, philosophy of knowledge - or ‘the study of the nature of knowledge and methods of obtaining it’;
  • different philosophical traditions - answering these, in different ways;
  • epistemology, underpinning knowledge claims – in research and psychotherapy;
  • phenomenologists, and nature of subjective experience - research participants' perspective;
  • social constructionism, and research methods - focus on language;
  • methodological pluralism in qualitative research - ‘Mixing’ methods

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • A Pragmatic Approach to Choosing an Analytic Method

  • Developing a Research Question

  • Qualitative Methods and Their Assumptions

  • What is Epistemology and Why Does it Matter?

  • References