This article was accepted under the tenure of the previous editor.
FAMILY THERAPY AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH*
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 16, Issue 4, pages 357–373, October 1990
How to Cite
Moon, S. M., Dillon, D. R. and Sprenkle, D. H. (1990), FAMILY THERAPY AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 16: 357–373. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1990.tb00056.x
Sidney M. Moon, MS, is a Doctoral Candidate, Department of Educational and Psychoeducational Studies, School of Educatin, Purdue University, and Research Associate, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, 523 Russell Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907.
Deborah R. Dillon, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907.
Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, is Professor and Director, Mariage and Family Therapy Program, Purdue University, 523 Russell Street, West Lafayett, IN 47907.
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- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Qualitative research is becoming accepted by the scientific community as a viable way to explore and understand socialscience phenomena. The purpose of this paper is to describe the essential features of the qualitative research paradigm and to encourage further development of that paradigm in the field of family therapy. First, typical characteristics of qualitative research designs are delineated; these characteristics are illustrated with two extended examples from the qualitative research literature in the field of education. Next, possible applications of the qualitative paradigm to research issues in the field of family therapy are discussed. Finally, potential pitfalls that could inhibit the development of qualitative family therapy research are examined. It is hoped that this paper will serve as a stimulus for the development of qualititative research in the field of family therapy.