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Qualitative research and psychological theorizing
Article first published online: 13 APR 2011
1992 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Psychology
Volume 83, Issue 1, pages 97–111, February 1992
How to Cite
Henwood, K. L. and Pidgeon, N. F. (1992), Qualitative research and psychological theorizing. British Journal of Psychology, 83: 97–111. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1992.tb02426.x
- Issue published online: 13 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 13 APR 2011
- Received 29 August 1990; revised version received 29 April 1991
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Unlike other disciplines in the human sciences, psychology has undervalued the role of qualitative research methods in scientific inquiry. This has done a disservice to psychology, depriving its practitioners of skills which can simultaneously liberate and discipline the theoretical imagination. ‘Grounded theory’ is one useful approach to the systematic generation of theory from qualitative data, and alternative criteria can be advanced for judging the adequacy of research where qualitative methods have been used. An advantage of qualitative research is that theory is generated which is contextually sensitive, persuasive, and relevant.