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`This book constitutes a valuable resource for postgraduate students and researchers. Most.... of the chapters succeed in providing a clear and comprehensive introduction to the various approaches and//or methods, thus enabling the reader to make an informed decision about whether or not they wish to pursue the topic further. The book as a whole is also very well referenced and this makes it a source of essential information for students and researchers with an interest in qualitative health psychology' - Health Psychology Update This book explains the role of qualitative research within health psychology. Theories and methods from a qualitative perspective are highly varied but, in general, differ from the po
Chapter 1: Health Psychology and Qualitative Research
Health Psychology and Qualitative Research
Over the past thirty years, since its formal inception, health psychology has grown rapidly in popularity as evidenced by the numerous textbooks and journals dedicated to the subject, and by the size and growth of specialized societies and conferences. One problem faced by a discipline which is young and experiencing such rapid growth is that there is a tendency to adopt the standards and methods of more established disciplines as a means of gaining respectability and status within the wider scientific community. This rush for respectability can curtail debate about the relevance and legitimacy of the more dominant theoretical and methodological frameworks. Fortunately, health psychology has arrived on the scene at a time of intense debate ...