This book introduces the theory and practice of Q methodology. The authors explain the origins of Q methodology in factor analysis and the R methodological procedures, and go on to explain the theory behind Q as set out by the method's early pioneers. They also look at how Q deals with issues such as subjectivity, abduction and constructivism. The book shows readers how to set up, run, and analyze an effective study using Q methodology. Illustrated with examples and case studies throughout, the book offers advice on highly practical issues such as the conduct of fieldwork, working with participants, and good data management.
- Introduction 147
- A Preliminary Rationale for Factor Interpretation 148
- Stephenson's Pursuit of Holism: Interpreting the Entire Configuration 148
- A Simple and Consistent Method for Factor Interpretation 150
- Introducing the Crib Sheet: Aetiology and Purpose 150
- Table 7.1 Factor Arrays for Our Five Study Factors 151
- The Crib Sheet Draft 1: Four Categories of Items 153
- Table 7.2 Factor Interpretation Crib Sheet for Factor 1 ...