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Personal construct psychology methods for qualitative research

Burr, Vivien, King, Nigel and Butt, Trevor (2014) Personal construct psychology methods for qualitative research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 17 (4). pp. 341-355. ISSN 1364-5579

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Abstract

Personal construct psychology (PCP) has always been better known for its methods than its theory, but many researchers are not aware of the range of qualitative methods offered by a PCP approach. We argue that PCP methods have been overlooked as tools for the qualitative researcher and that they satisfy some key requirements of much qualitative research, such as the capacity to provide in-depth insight into personal experience, to establish a ‘democratic’ relationship between researcher and participants and to represent the participant’s ‘voice’. We illustrate several of these methods, drawing on research examples. We show how they enable participants to articulate their experience, and how they may be used as part of an in-depth interview. We conclude that Personal Construct methods provide opportunities for qualitative researchers to create innovative ways of researching personal experience.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 16:47
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 18:55
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/16685

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