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Grounded Theory

Grounded theory is a qualitative research method that seeks to explain human social interactions, processes, actions, and behaviors. Psychosocial phenomena, such as interactions among clients, health care providers, and caregivers, are explored by examining the perspectives and experiences of those involved, and looking for patterns and relationships among the data.

Grounded theory was developed based on a desire to develop theory directly from empirical data (inductively), as compared to the more quantitative, deductive approach whereby the researcher deduces a hypothesis and then seeks to test it through experimentation. In grounded theory, the emergent theory is based on interrelated concepts that are derived directly from the data, and the theory can continue to evolve as more data are examined. The theory that emerges from data analysis is ...

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