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Subjective Methods

Introduction

The term subjective methods refers to a series of methods aimed to assess the psychological structure, content, and processes of individuals' subjective views, or personal meanings, about themselves and the world. These methods have been created and used by researchers more interested in the personal constructions of subjects than in classifying or locating them along theoretically pre-established dimensions or constructs (e.g. extraversion, locus of control). Typically, subjective methods are employed within orientations that place an emphasis on the subject's personal constructions such as constructivist (Neimeyer, 1993; see entry on ‘Theoretical Perspective: Constructivism’), hermeneutic, and narrative approaches. In this entry we will briefly describe the Repertory Grid Technique (RGT), the semantic differential, and provide a broad perspective on adjective lists, narrative methods and hermeneutics, although ...

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