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Qualitative Psychology

Qualitative Psychology
A Practical Guide to Research Methods

Second Edition
Edited by:

288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This Second Edition of a well established textbook remains an authoritative textbook by providing readers with step-by-step practical guidance to carrying out qualitative research in psychology. It's been completely freshened up, contains one extra chapter, and now has extended pedagogical coverage reinforcing good practice using the methods described.

Covering all the main qualitative approaches now used in psychology today, each chapter is written in a lively and accessible style by international experts – many of them key figures in either the inception or development of their chosen method.

Key Features of the Second Edition
  • Each chapter introducing a method now has a box at the end illustrating three good examples of published research using the approach described
  • All chapters have been updated. As a result the book remains authoritative and fresh.
  • Now contains a more extensive chapter on validity in qualitative psychology, a crucial issue for the field
  • Pedagogical features as in the First Edition
Qualitative Psychology: A Practical Guide to Research Methods, Second Edition assumes no prior experience or knowledge and as such will be invaluable for all psychology students taking research methods, at either undergraduate or graduate level.
Jonathan A Smith
Peter Ashworth
Conceptual Foundations of Qualitative Psychology
Amedeo Giorgi and Barbro Giorgi
Jonathan A Smith and Mike Osborn
Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis
Kathy Charmaz
Grounded Theory
Michael Murray
Narrative Psychology
Paul Drew
Conversation Analysis
Carla Willig
Discourse Analysis
Sue Wilkinson
Focus Groups
Peter Reason and Sarah Riley
Co-Operative Inquiry
An Action Research Practice

Lucy Yardley
Demonstrating Validity in Qualitative Psychology

This book is easy to navigate, comprehensive, and a good practical guide to students who have not done qualitative research before due to the practical step-by-step guidance to various qualitative methods. It is also useful for more advanced students due to the depth and detail of the chapters. This is a real 'go-to' textbook, and one that I will highly recommend to our students

Dr Gemma Griffith
School of Psychology, Bangor University
December 11, 2014

A very useful text that gives the reader step-by-step guidance on the importance of qualitative psychology. I will be recommending this text to students.

Mr Thomas Beary
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Hertfordshire
October 8, 2014

This is an exceptionally well written text that offers as much for skilled researchers as it does for the novice!

Dr Joel Filmore
Counseling and Psychology, Northern State University
June 21, 2014

Perfect for graduate student developmental needs.

Dr Joel Filmore
Counseling and Psychology, Northern State University
March 24, 2014

A recommended book for the researcher doing interpretive research

Ms Louise Lawson
Dept of Nursing & Midwifery, Hertfordshire University
March 21, 2014

Really useful for anyone considering IPA. Clear concise and formative.

Ms Michelle Evans
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
January 9, 2014

Some good concepts covered for doing non-positivist psychology.

Mr Ian Fouweather
Graduate School, Bradford University
November 28, 2013

Fantastic resource

Mrs Tania De Villiers
Division of Nursing, University of Cape Town
October 15, 2013

Very good Grounded Theory section that will be used on our course.

Mr Cormac Doran
School of Business & Humanities, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
June 19, 2013

This book offers not just detailed chapters on a range of qualitative methods but sets out the theoretical underpinnings in an accessible style. In aligning theory to method the text supports a deeper level of understanding of each research method.Useful research examples included and a exceptionally useful introductory chapter by Jonathan Smith, setting the scene for qualitative research.

Ms Wendy Turton
Faculty of Health Sciences, Southampton University
May 15, 2013

New to the 2nd edition:

  • Updated and extended chapters
  • Examples of good research studies using each approach
  • Text boxes and further readings

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Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF of Chapter Two

PDF of Chapter Four

Jonathan A. Smith

Jonathan A. Smith is Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck University of London, UK where he leads the interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) research group. He has written many articles applying IPA to a range of areas in health, clinical and social psychology. He is co- author (with Paul Flowers and Michael Larkin) of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method and Research (Sage, 2009). He also has a wider interest in qualitative psychology generally and has co-edited a number of books in the area. More About Author

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