This collection of 14 original articles teaches readers how to conduct qualitative research. Instead of characterizing and justifying certain methods, the contributors show by means of actual research studies what assumptions, procedures, and dilemmas they encountered. Fischer's introduction, which emphasizes the practical nature of qualitative research and the closing chapter, which uses a question-and-answer format to investigate, among other subjects, what is scientific about qualitative research, are complemented by a glossary and other features that increase the book's utility and value.
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Part I: CLINICAL PRACTICES
L. Honos-Webb, W.B. Stiles, L.S. Greenberg, and R. Goldman, An Assimilation Analysis of Psychotherapy: Responsibility for "Being There" A. Madill, Exploring Psychotherapy with Discourse Analysis: Chipping away at the Mortar D.L. Rennie, The Grounded Theory Method: Application of a Variant of its Procedure of Constant Comparative Analysis to Psychotherapy Research S. Churchill, Phenomenological Analysis: Clinical Impression Formation during a Psychodiagnostic Interview J. Goicoechea, Diagnostic Discourse in Patient-Staff Interactions: A Conversation Analysis Clarified by Participant Interviews
Part II: AFFECTIVE AND COGNITIVE PROCESSES
S.L. Morrow, Honor and Respect: Feminist Collaborative Research with Sexually Abused Women B. Robbins, An Empirical, Phenomenological Study: Being Joyful J. de Rivera, Conceptual Encounter: The Experience of Anger S. Halling, M. Leifer and J.O. Rowe, Emergence of the Dialogal Approach: Forgiving Another H.R. Pollio and M.J. Ursiak, A Thematic Analysis of Written Accounts: Thinking about Thought
Part III: LIFE SITUATIONS
V. Esbjorn-Hargens and R. Anderson, Intuitive Inquiry: An Exploration of Embodiment among Contemporary Female Mystics A. Collen, An Application of Experiential Method in Psychology: What Is It Like to Be a Stranger in a Foreign Land L. Levers, Focus Groups and Related Rapid Assessment Methods: Identifying Psychoeducational HIV/AIDS Interventions in Botswana