Grounded Theory in Social Work Research: Problems and Promise

Julianne S. Oktay

in Grounded Theory

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199753697
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932627 | DOI:

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Grounded Theory in Social Work Research: Problems and Promise

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This chapter addresses how grounded theory is affected by a variety of recent developments in social work research. These include a discussion of why it is sometimes difficult to conduct a grounded theory study today, and what to do when you want to develop theory but it is impractical to apply the grounded theory method. The chapter also considers ethical and institutional review board issues in grounded theory research. Attention is given to the practical considerations of publishing formats for grounded theory studies, with illustrations from exemplar grounded theory studies. It also discusses the use of computer software programs in grounded theory analysis. It considers the use of grounded theory in mixed method research. Finally, it discusses “formal grounded theory,” the grounded theory model for synthesizing qualitative studies. Exercises designed to help readers apply the material in the chapter to their own research are provided.

Keywords: social work research; grounded theory studies; ethical issues; institutional review boards; publishing; mixed method research; formal grounded theory

Chapter.  7877 words.  Illustrated.

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