Appropriate Qual Method

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Appropriate Qual Method

Postby huwtube » Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:56 am

Hi all,

I am doing some research in a psychiatric service interviewing people about their delusions. I have a specific question in mind (are delusions beliefs?) and am getting a lot of qualitative data that could speak to that question (I have a bunch of prompts that I have designed to investigate whether these delusions behave in a way that one would expect if they were indeed beliefs). In addition to some quant data I am gathering, I would love to analyse the verbal responses qualitatively in a more formal way than I initially envisaged. However I don't have experience with Qual methodology. Can any qualitative people advise how you would analyse verbal responses that are given to specific prompts? I am not really looking for phenomenological themes or what-it's-likeness, I am more wanting to examine answers people give and see whether they do or do not indicate certain characteristics.

Any readings or methodological suggestions would be welcome!

Many thanks.
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Re: Appropriate Qual Method

Postby sarahg » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:29 pm

If you're not interested in identifying themes you could do content analyses?
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Re: Appropriate Qual Method

Postby lingua_franca » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:01 pm

How many interviews are you doing and how in-depth are they? Like Sarah, I'd suggest content analysis, but that works best when you have quite a substantial amount of data and I don't think it suits smaller-scale studies. Alternatively, remember that thematic doesn't automatically mean phenomenological - you can do a bare-bones thematic analysis without delving into subjective experience and meaning-making.
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Re: Appropriate Qual Method

Postby huwtube » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:29 am

Thanks for your thoughts Sarah and Lingua Franca. I'm aiming at 20, but I may do more at the current rate. The interviews are semi-structured, and are yielding moderately code-able answers so far. Content analysis looks appropriate, but I will also look into examples of thematic analysis.
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