`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

Interviewing the Ill and the Healthy: Paradigm or Process?

Interviewing the Ill and the Healthy: Paradigm or Process?

Interviewing the ill and the healthy: Paradigm or process?
Cynthia M.Mathieson

Interviewing is rather like a marriage: everyone knows what it is, an awful lot of people do it, yet behind each closed front door there is a world of secrets.

Ann Oakley, ‘Interviewing Women’

Part of the allure of qualitative inquiry into health is its power to contextualize. What it means to be healthy or ill must always be interpreted against a socio-cultural background. At the same time, health and illness are intensely personal, affecting individual bodies and intimate spaces. For health psychologists who seek to study such experiences, the interview is a very powerful tool. Yet there is a world of difference between interviewing the ill and the ...

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