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.

Grounded Theory Methods for Qualitative Psychology

Kathy Charmaz Karen Henwood

Introduction

This chapter discusses the grounded theory method and its evolution over sixty years since sociologists Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss (1967) put forth their original statement of the method. They presented grounded theory as consisting of flexible, successive analytic strategies to construct inductive theories from the data. Over the past few decades, many qualitative psychologists have adopted grounded theory, as we outline below. We draw on developments in diverse sub-fields of psychology, interdisciplinary research, to which psychologists contribute, and selected contributions from key grounded theory researchers and researcher-practitioners within allied health and social disciplines.

While our chapter is targeted at issues customarily discussed about a particular methodology ...

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