The Second Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology provides comprehensive coverage of the qualitative methods, strategies, and research issues in psychology. Qualitative research in psychology has been transformed since the first edition's publication. Responding to this evolving field, existing chapters have been updated while three new chapters have been added on Thematic Analysis, Interpretation, and Netnography. With a focus on methodological progress throughout, the chapters are organised into three sections: Section One: Methods Section Two: Perspectives and Techniques Section Three: Applications In the field of psychology and beyond, this handbook will constitute a valuable resource for both experienced qualitative researchers and novices for many years to come.

Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology
David Harper

The Increasing Legitimacy of Qualitative Research in Clinical Psychology

Since the publication of this chapter for the first edition of this handbook (Harper, 2008)1, qualitative research has become increasingly legitimised within the discipline of clinical psychology. In countries like the UK, qualitative methods have become popular with students on professional psychology training programmes and there has been a steady growth in the number of qualitative studies in clinical psychology-related journals. This chapter reviews developments since 2008.

An illustration of the growth of clinically relevant qualitative research can be seen by focusing on one topic. Here we will focus on the topic of ‘delusion'.

An example of the use of the growth of qualitative research methods in clinical psychology: the ...

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