Qualitative Research Approaches and Group Counseling

Deborah J. Rubel and Jane E. Atieno Okech

in The Oxford Handbook of Group Counseling

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195394450
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Qualitative Research Approaches and Group Counseling

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Qualitative research approaches have gained wide acceptance in many social sciences. However, they struggle to gain acceptance and credibility in fields related to counseling and are little used in group-counseling research. This may have limited the development of group-counseling research as the strengths of qualitative research approaches have a unique synergy with the challenges and needs of group-counseling research. This chapter explores the fundamental characteristics of qualitative approaches, their strengths and limitations, and various types of qualitative research. It continues with a discussion of the challenges and needs of group-counseling research and how qualitative approaches may address these needs. The chapter also introduces the issue of quality in qualitative research and describes an atheoretical research-design process aimed at promoting congruent, effective qualitative designs. Finally, this chapter provides summaries and evaluations of several qualitative group-counseling studies, presents key themes from the chapter discussions, and proposes future directions for qualitative research applied to group counseling.

Keywords: qualitative research; group counseling; research methods; qualitative methods; research design

Article.  16869 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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