The authors analyze the observational methods which historically form the basis of the field of psychology. They go on to address topics such as: validity and reliability, training issues, ethics, and use of qualitative computer programmes. In the second part, issues related to the application of qualitative methods are considered, for example HIV//AIDS, feminist perspectives, vocational, and adolescent development.
- Section 1: Foundational Issues in Qualitative Methods
Part I: The Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Methods in Psychology
- Chapter 1: Qualitative Research: A Matter of Hermeneutics and the Sociology of Knowledge
- Chapter 2: Locating the Qualitative Research Genre
- Chapter 3: An Exploration of Quality in Qualitative Research: Are “Reliability” and “Validity” Relevant?
- Chapter 4: The Role of the Qualitative Researcher
- Chapter 5: Merging Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives in a Research Identity
Part II: Practical Foundations for Conducting Qualitative Research
- Chapter 6: Ethics in Qualitative Research
- Chapter 7: The Internet and Qualitative Research: Opportunities and Constraints on Analysis of Cyberspace Discourse
- Chapter 8: Teaching Qualitative Research in Psychology
- Chapter 9: Designing Qualitative Research Reports for Publication
- Section 2: Applying Qualitative Methods in Psychology
Part III: Qualitative Research in a Cultural Context
- Chapter 10: Exploring Multicultural Issues Using Qualitative Methods
- Chapter 11: Qualitative Methods for an Outsider Looking In: Lesbian Women and Body Image
- Chapter 12: Friendship Patterns among Urban Adolescent Boys: A Qualitative Account
Part IV: Qualitative Research in a Therapeutic Context
- Chapter 13: Capturing the Process of Family Therapy as Social Meaning Construction
- Chapter 14: Using a Qualitative Method to Study Clinical Supervision: What is Effective Clinical Supervision?
- Chapter 15: Relationship-Based Change: A Feminist Qualitative Research Case
Part V: Qualitative Methods in Action Research and Evaluation