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Qualitative Analysis of Repertory Grids: Interpretive Clustering

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By: Viv Burr & Nigel King | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   5 | DOI: |
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The repertory grid was developed by George Kelly (1955) and emerged directly from his Personal Construct Psychology (PCP). He developed the repertory grid to enable him to understand his clients’ psychological difficulties in his clinical practice, but it has since been used by researchers in a wide variety of topic areas.

The repertory grid is one way to implement the wider theory of PCP. Grids are predominantly analysed quantitatively, using computer software, but this entry shows how grid data may be analysed qualitatively using interpretive clustering, which is an extension of the method of visual processing (Stewart & Stewart, 1981). Researchers frequently claim to have used repertory grids qualitatively (e.g., Hair, Rose, & Clark, 2009; Kreber & Klampfeitner, 2013). However, in actuality, this often means a ...

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