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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology

ISBN 9781137359124
Publication Date April 2017
Formats Paperback Hardcover Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

With a highly pragmatic, yet rigorous and theoretically driven approach, this edited book demonstrates why qualitative research in psychology matters, and how it is applied in real world settings.  Employing examples of qualitative research from across the different sub-disciplines of psychology, a range of experts in a broad spread of methods show how and why these are used in a wide variety of settings.  With its distinctive applied and pragmatic focus, this book will appeal to those with an interest in qualitative methods across the spectrum of psychology and beyond.  

Joanna Brooks is a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield with recognised expertise in qualitative research. She is known for her work on developing novel and inclusive approaches to research in applied settings – recently, a visual interview technique, Pictor, with Nigel King.  She is author of numerous publications using and describing qualitative methods, including (with Nigel King) Template Analysis for Business and Management Students (Sage, 2016).  Her primary research interests focus on health-related topics, especially in relation to networks of support.  She is particularly interested in using participatory approaches in her work, and in exploring innovative and creative ways to support well-being in public health and community settings.

Nigel King is Professor in Applied Psychology and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He has a long-standing interest in the use of qualitative methods in real-world research. With a background in both organizational and health psychology, his research interests include profes¬sional identities and interprofessional relations in health and social care. He is author, with Christine Horrocks, of Interviews in Qualitative Research (Sage, 2010) and, with Neil Anderson, of Managing Innovation and Change: A Critical Guide for Organizations (Thomson Learning, 2002). Nigel is well-known for his work on Template Analysis and, more recently, the development of a visual interview technique known as ‘Pictor’.


1. Applying Qualitative Research in Psychology; Joanna Brooks and Nigel King

2. Approaches to Qualitative Psychology; Joanna Brooks and Nigel King

3. Carrying Out an Applied Qualitative Research Project; Nigel King and Joanna Brooks


4. Exploring Men’s Experiences of Diagnosis and Treatment for Prostate Cancer; Peter Branney, Clare Strickland, Frances Darby, Lisa White and Sunjay Jain

5. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Psychology in Organisational Research with Working Carers; Leah Tomkins

6. Participatory Methods in Research with Children: The Scripted Cartoons Narrative of Bullying (SCAN) Drawings Method; Helen Cowie and Dawn Jennifer

7. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in Conjunction with the Think Aloud Technique to Examine Experience of Living with Disfiguring Conditions with a View to Developing Psychosocial Interventions; Andrew Thompson

8. Methods for Community Research, Action and Change; Michael Murray and Katie Wright-Bevans

9. Using Discourse Analysis in Social Psychology; Kirsty Budds, Abigail Locke and Viv Burr

10. Digging Deeper: Using Grounded Theory to Explore Meanings of Gardens and Gardening across the Lifespan; Harriet Gross and Vicky Alfrey

11. Understanding Disability, Physical Activity and Sport through Innovative Qualitative Methods: Mobile Interviewing, Autophotography and Creative Non-fiction; Brett Smith and Anthony Papathomas

12. Exploring the Response to Diversity and Equality in English Prisons: An Appreciative Inquiry; Victoria Lavis, Charles Elliott and Malcolm Cowburn

13. Using Construct Elicitation and Laddering in the Education of Social Work Students: Exercises in Reflexive Practice; Viv Burr and Nigel King

14. The Pictor Technique: Exploring Experiences of Collaborative Working from the Perspectives of Generalist and Specialist Nurses; Nigel King, Joanna Brooks, Alison Bravington, Beth Hardy, Jane Melvin and David Wilde


15. Using Multiple Methods in Applied Qualitative Research; Rachel Shaw and David Hiles

16. Public Involvement in Qualitative Research; Delia Muir

17. Disseminating Qualitative Research: From Clarity of Writing to Collaborative Action; Flora Cornish and Sarah Honeywell


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