Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners

Editat de David Harper, Andrew R. Thompson
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This book provides a user–friendly introduction to the qualitative methods most commonly used in the mental health and psychotherapy arena.
  • Chapters are written by leading researchers and the editors are experienced qualitative researchers, clinical trainers, and mental health practitioners
  • Provides chapter–by–chapter guidance on conducting a qualitative study from across a range of approaches
  • Offers guidance on how to review and appraise existing qualitative literature, how to choose the most appropriate method, and how to consider ethical issues
  • Demonstrates how specific methods have been applied to questions in mental health research
  • Uses examples drawn from recent research, including research with service users, in mental health practice and in psychotherapy
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ISBN-13: 9780470663707
ISBN-10: 0470663707
Pagini: 272
Ilustrații: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
Dimensiuni: 172 x 242 x 14 mm
Greutate: 0.50 kg
Editura: Wiley
Locul publicării: Chichester, United Kingdom

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Postgraduate students, trainees, researchers and practitioners in mental health, including clinical psychologists, health psychologists, counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, cognitive behavioural therapists, family therapists, and psychological therapists

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This book demonstrates how qualitative methods can be used to address research issues pertinent to mental health practice and psychotherapy. With contributions from leading researchers, the book examines how to review and appraise existing qualitative literature, how to choose the most appropriate method, and how to approach ethical issues. It provides chapter–by–chapter guidance on how to conduct a qualitative study from across a range of approaches and each chapter demonstrates how the specific method has been applied to address questions in mental health research. This unique book uses examples drawn from recent research in mental health practice and in psychotherapy and examines service user involvement in research and the epistemological assumptions underlying the various methods.


About the Contributors. Acknowledgements.
PART I Getting Started.
1 Introduction (Andrew R. Thompson and David Harper).
2 Identifying and Synthesizing Qualitative Literature (Rachel L. Shaw).
3 Ethical Issues in Qualitative Mental Health Research (Andrew R. Thompson and Eleni Chambers).
4 Participation and Service User Involvement (Alison Faulkner).
5 Qualitative Data Collection: Asking the Right Questions (Hannah Frith and Kate Gleeson).
6 Qualitative Methods for Studying Psychotherapy Change Processes (Robert Elliott).
7 Choosing a Qualitative Research Method (David Harper).
PART II Methods.
8 Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in Mental Health and Psychotherapy Research (Michael Larkin and Andrew R. Thompson).
9 Existentialist–Informed Hermeneutic Phenomenology (Carla Willig and Abigail Billin).
10 Grounded Theory Methods for Mental Health Practitioners (Alison Tweed and Kathy Charmaz).
11 Discourse Analysis (Eugenie Georgaca and Evrinomy Avdi).
12 Narrative Psychology (Michael Murray and Sally Sargeant).
13 Ethnomethodology/Conversation Analysis (Mark Rapley).
14 Q Methodological Research in Mental Health and Psychotherapy (Wendy Stainton Rogers and Phillip O. Dyson).
15 Thematic Analysis (Helene Joffe).
PART III Establishing Good Quality Qualitative Research in Mental Health.
16 In Pursuit of Quality (Liz Spencer and Jane Ritchie).
17 Emerging Issues and Future Directions (David Harper and Andrew R. Thompson).


In a field that at times feels dominated by obfuscating jargon and a cult–like zeal, the editors have produced an accessible, illuminating text that will be of great value to those wishing to gain an introduction to this essential and developing area of mental health research.  (The British Journal of Psychiatry, 1 May 2012)

"David Harper and Andrew Thompson s book Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy provides a reference for students and practitioners who are using qualitative research to explore topics related to mental health. The book provides a rich and comprehensive text, with contributions from specialized authors on a number of key themes and research methods relevant to qualitative research. Despite being specifically aimed at those researching mental health issues, this text would be useful for any student or practitioner who wishes to get to grips with big q research ..." (Feminism and Psychology, 2013)
Since receiving this book for review, I have found myself repeatedly recommending it to fellow doctoral researchers  from a range of professional backgrounds, at all stages of candidature. I do so because, in my opinion, this book addresses, in an accessible, clear, yet thorough manner, the issues which all students and practitioner–researchers face in aspiring to produce high quality, creative, qualitative research in mental health and psychotherapy. (QMiP Bulletin Issue 15, Spring 2013)

Notă biografică

David Harper is Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. He is co–author of Deconstructing Psychopathology (1995) and Psychology & Mental Health: From Disorder to Experience (2011). His research focuses on critical psychology and social constructionist approaches in mental health. Andrew R. Thompson is Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Director of Research Training, at the NHS Clinical Psychology Training Unit, University of Sheffield. He is also Clinical Health Psychologist at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and a practitioner of Cognitive Analytic Therapy