`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 12: Using Grounded Theory in Health Psychology: Practices, Premises and Potential
Using Grounded Theory in Health Psychology: Practices, Premises and Potential
Grounded theory is one of the many and various qualitative research methods available for researchers to choose from. It is a popular method, widely adopted in some disciplines such as nursing, and beginning to be used more frequently in psychology (Henwood and Pidgeon, 1994). It appears to have a particular appeal for researchers who are relatively new to qualitative research, possibly because several texts which describe the method are readily available (for example, Glaser, 1978; Glaser and Strauss, 1967) and perhaps, more importantly, because several texts which document detailed procedures for conducting grounded theory research exist (for example, Chenitz and Swanson, 1986; Strauss and Corbin, 1990). ...