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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

Shaping Health Psychology: Qualitative Research, Evaluation and Representation
Shaping health psychology: qualitative research, evaluation and representation

The use of qualitative research in health psychology has a number of functions. Most obviously, it can be used to address specific research questions posed by health psychologists. However, more generally, it can also function to radically reshape the nature and orientation of the field. After briefly outlining the underlying perspectives dominating health psychology to date, in this chapter I will outline some of the major alternative contributions offered by qualitative research. I will illustrate various schools of thought which underlie a range of qualitative methods, using research examples from areas of women's health. In exploring the impact of qualitative research on the field of health psychology, I will consider ...

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