Qualitative Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- John McLeod - University of Oslo, Norway
Leading expert, John McLeod helps readers through each stage of the research process, explaining techniques for gathering data, writing up the study and evaluating the findings. Each qualitative method is clearly described and critically assessed in terms of its own strengths and weaknesses. Examples from actual research studies are given to show how the methods work in practice. This new edition incorporates developments in qualitative research over the last ten years and includes many new chapters, covering:
- interpretative phenomenological analysis
- heuristic research and autoethnography
- action research
- case study methods
- narrative analysis
For all those involved in research - whether as part of academic study or in practice -this book will be essential reading. As an introduction to qualitative methods, it is the perfect course text for counselling and counselling psychology, and psychotherapy, and will also be of interest to those who provide counselling in other professional areas such as teaching, nursing and social work.
'The book is an excellent reference book for researchers in counseling and psychotherapy field who want to situate their research practice based on qualitative distinctions that they wish to bring forward on particular phenomenon of counseling and psychotherapy' -
The Qualitative Report
'I highly recommend this thoughtful scholarly book for readers at all levels who want to learn about qualitative research. John McLeod has an excellent grasp on the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research. And he presents various qualitative methods in a clear, fair, even-handed manner, encouraging readers to see the best in what the approaches have to offer. I really like his stance of not saying that there is one "right" method, but that all have different things to offer.'
Clara E. Hil
University of Maryland
'Once again John McLeod has created a wonderful resource for counselling and psychotherapy researchers in this updated book which demonstrates his impressive range and depth of knowledge. This book is of value to beginning and more experienced researchers in the field, as well as to those who teach and supervise research at Masters and Doctoral stages. McLeod produces finely balanced arguments for all research approaches and does not shy away from the political and methodological issues that engage therapy researchers and practitioners at this time.'
Kim Etherington Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor, University of Bristol
I really enjoyed the first edition of this book and was keen to read the second edition to see if it would be suitable to recommend to students. I have not been disappointed, this is an excellent book, very well written, easy to read, understand and digest, and specifically focused on research in counselling and psychotherapy. I will be recommending this as an essential reading resource on qualitative methods for my MSc research students
This book supports the qualitative research discussed on the module
Excellent book which I recommended to be included in several units, apart from Introduction to Health Psychology and COunselling that I teach on
This text is a new resource in qualitative methods in counseling psychology research. It will enhance the class with ample resources in this area.
This is an excelling book for introducing and advancing students knowledge of counselling research. It is well written, taking the student through essentials of the subject.
One of the best books I have ever read. It has been recommended and students will learn much of it
This is a useful book for teaching qualitative research methods and to guide students conducting quaitative research. I've chosen a more generic research text as my core reading.
Clearly written, a good overview that stimulates reflection and engagement witht the issues. Easy to understand for students at different levels
Very good scope for introducing students to qualitative research. I used it for parallel comparisons with quantitative research for Introduction to Psychotherapy research courses