The Second Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology provides comprehensive coverage of the qualitative methods, strategies, and research issues in psychology. Qualitative research in psychology has been transformed since the first edition's publication. Responding to this evolving field, existing chapters have been updated while three new chapters have been added on Thematic Analysis, Interpretation, and Netnography. With a focus on methodological progress throughout, the chapters are organised into three sections: Section One: Methods Section Two: Perspectives and Techniques Section Three: Applications In the field of psychology and beyond, this handbook will constitute a valuable resource for both experienced qualitative researchers and novices for many years to come.
Chapter 13: Q Methodology
Q methodology is amongst the oldest methods in psychology with an explicitly interpretivist focus on the meanings the participants in a study setting attach to their social world (Bowling, 1997). It was first introduced by William Stephenson in a letter to Nature published in 1935. After completing a PhD in physics, Stephenson worked as assistant to Charles Spearman and subsequently also to Cyril Burt in the Psychology Department at University College London. His 1935 letter observed that the factor analytical techniques being developed at the time by Spearman (1927) (as well as Thomson, Pearson, and others), in order to facilitate the measurement and manipulation ...