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Qualitative research is a form of methodology that draws its origin from various disciplines in social sciences and humanities, including philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and linguistics. These interdisciplinary influences account for multiple contexts and frameworks that provide a strong foundation for an epistemology that directs diverse methodologies classed as “qualitative.” In fact, while qualitative research methods continue to evolve and change, an awareness of the origins of qualitative research is helpful for understanding its fundamental premises. This entry describes specific characteristics of the methods gathered under the umbrella of what today we call a qualitative methodology. There are commonalities between how one does marriage and family therapy and qualitative research. Finally, the entry discusses the parallels between the intent of qualitative inquiry and family therapy against ...

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