Qualitative Health Psychology
Theories and Methods
- Michael Murray - University of Keele, UK, Division of Community Health, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's, NF, Canada A1B 3V6, University of Ulster, Ireland
- Kerry Chamberlain - Massey University, Albany, New Zealand
Health Psychology | Public Health | Research Methods in Psychology
This book explains the role of qualitative research within health psychology. Theories and methods from a qualitative perspective are highly varied but, in general, differ from the positivist approach which is concerned with quantifying the individual risk factors presumed to cause health and illness behaviour. This book shows clearly how a qualitative approach offers a better understanding of the experience of illness while locating it in its broader social context.
Providing a detailed examination of these issues, the book is organized into three sections - the first considers some of the main theoretical perspectives underlying qualitative research in health psychology including discourse analysis and narrative as well as the social context and embodiment of health and illness; the second examines some of the practical issues involved in conducting qualitative research with different populations, such as children and the terminally ill; and the final section considers a range of analytic issues and specific analytic approaches such as grounded theory and action research, and the evaluation of qualitative methods.
`This book constitutes a valuable resource for postgraduate students and researchers. Mos t.... of the chapters succeed in providing a clear and comprehensive introduction to the various approaches and/or methods, thus enabling the reader to make an informed decision about whether or not they wish to pursue the topic further. The book as a whole is also very well referenced and this makes it a source of essential information for students and researchers with an interest in qualitative health psychology' - Health Psychology Update
`The book as a whole provides a useful introduction to large-q Qualitative research in health psychology, and makes a convincing argument that qualitative research is far more than just a polite excuse for people who can't handle structural equation modelling. Like the field it describes, the book is discursive, at times personal, and intentionally partial in its perspective. Researchers, both novice and experienced, postgraduate students, and health psychology practitioners will find this a fascinating, and at times, challenging volume' - British Journal of Health Psychology
A recommended book for the novice researcher especially those considering employing an interpretive phenomenological approach.
A little bit too specialized for my audience, though I am impressed with the work
a useful book for postgraduate research students pursuing qualitatiev research projects in psychology
I thought this book was well-written, insightful and thought-provoking. I note however that it is written as a challenge to the dominant positivist approach to psychological research, rather than as a 'handbook' for conducting qualitative research. In my experience, newcomers to qualitative methods struggle with constructivist thinking. For this reason, I will suggest this text as supplementary reading for students interested in exploring the epistemological spectrum of qualitative methodology, or interested in the qualitative methods covered in the book (e.g. Grounded Theory, IPA).