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Doing Q Methodological Research

Doing Q Methodological Research
Theory, Method & Interpretation

March 2012 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book introduces the theory and practice of Q methodology. The authors explain the origins of Q methodology in factor analysis and the R methodological procedures, and go on to explain the theory behind Q as set out by the method's early pioneers. They also look at how Q deals with issues such as subjectivity, abduction and constructivism. The book shows readers how to set up, run, and analyze an effective study using Q methodology. Illustrated with examples and case studies throughout, the book offers advice on highly practical issues such as the conduct of fieldwork, working with participants, and good data management.
Introducing Q Methodology: The Inverted-Factor Technique
Theory and Q Methodology: From Stephenson to Constructionism
Basic Design Issues: Research Questions and Q Sets
Doing the Fieldwork: Participants, Materials and Procedure
Understanding the Analytic Process (1): Factor Extraction
Understanding the Analytic Process (2): Factor Rotation and the Preparation of Factor Arrays
Factor Interpretation
Writing and Publishing Q Methodological Papers
General Instructions for Completing a Q Methodological Study

Conducting an Analysis Using PQ Method: A Step-by-step Guide (plus an explanation of the PQ Method output or .lis file

First Draft Crib Sheets (for study factors 2, 3, 4 and 5)


This book is very good for full-time course to teach only this methodology. I was looking for new method for qualitative data analysis. But I recommend to use it on qualitative research methods course.

Joanna Gajda
Institute of Political Studies and International Relations, Jagiellonian University in Kraków
October 2, 2012

very good - will use it more for the masters courses and PhD students

Professor Barbara Jack
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
August 22, 2012

First book to outline Q methodology comprehensively. Would recommend to anyone wanting to use this methodology.

Dr Rebecca Kiddle
Urban PLanning and Design, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
August 18, 2012

Q methodology is much under-used, probably because it is first misunderstood, and then appears to be fraught with difficulty.

This text presents the task from beginning to end with clarity and in a pleasantly informal manner. The figures are especially uncluttered and helpful. "Tricks of the trade" serve to demystify essential elements.

Professor Tony Long
Health , Salford University
August 10, 2012

I recommend this book to all students and professional researchers who aim to adopt Q methodology in their research. I find this book both sufficiently practical and theoretically thorough enoough for any transdisciplinary researcher for whom this methodology is completely new, and for those interested in alternative methodological approaches.

Dr Walter De Vries
Urban-regional planning and geo-information management, Twente University
August 6, 2012

This is an excellent text and is recommended for both undergraduate and post graduate students. We are an area for excellence for using Q Methodology and this text is exactly what we needed.

Mrs Roshni Khatri
School of Health, Northampton University
July 13, 2012

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Chapter One

Simon Watts

Simon Watts is PGR Training Coordinator and Deputy Head of the Graduate School in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is responsible for organizing all the research, professional development, and advanced training programs for PGR students within the faculty and teaches extensively on these programs. He primarily publishes instructional papers in the area of research methodology/skills, is particularly well known for his work with Q methodology, and is lead author of the Sage publication ‘Doing Q methodological research: Theory, method, and interpretation’ (co-authored with Professor Paul Stenner at the... More About Author

Paul Stenner

Paul Stenner is Professor of Social Psychology at The Open University, UK. He completed his PhD at the University of Reading, UK, and has held posts at the University of Brighton, University College London, University of Bath, and the University of East London. He works with process approaches to psychosocial issues. He has published work in numerous fields including the emotions, human rights, quality of life, and active ageing. With Simon Watts, he is the author of Doing Q Methodological Research: Theory, Method and Interpretation (SAGE, 2012). He has published 25 peer-reviewed articles using, or about, Q methodology and numerous book... More About Author

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