Qualitative research and family psychology

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Qualitative approaches have much to offer family psychology. Among the uses for qualitative methods are theory building, model and hypothesis testing, descriptions of lived experiences, typologies, items for surveys and measurement tools, and case examples that answer questions that surveys cannot. Despite the usefulness of these products, issues related to generalizability, subjectivity, and language, among others, block some researchers from appreciating the contributions that qualitative methods can make. This article provides descriptions of procedures that lead to these useful products and discusses alternative ways of understanding aspects of qualitative approaches that some researchers view as problematic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-50
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005


  • Deductive qualitative analysis
  • Grounded theory
  • Qualitative family research


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