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Stand und Perspektiven einer "Qualitativen Psychologie" (in Deutschland) : zur Einführung in den Themenschwerpunkt

Status quo and perspectives on a "qualitative psychology" (in Germany) : an introduction to the thematic issue
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Mey, Günter

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Abstract Qualitative Forschung hat sich in der hiesigen Psychologie trotz aller erkennbarer Vorstöße immer noch nicht fest etablieren können. Entlang einiger historischer Entwicklungslinien wird der schwierige Stand einer qualitativen Psychologie nachgezeichnet und auf deren marginale Position, verglichen mit dem quantitativen Mainstream und auch gegenüber anderen sozial- und humanwissenschaftlichen Disziplinen, hingewiesen. Herausgestellt wird, dass sich Methoden anstelle unnötiger Grabenkämpfe innerhalb der Psychologie oder mit qualitativen Ansätzen anderer Disziplinen in ihrem (sub-)disziplinären Kontext konturieren müssen, es also Gegenstand künftiger Anstrengungen sein muss, die Psycho-Logik von Methodenentwicklung/-anwendung weiter herauszuarbeiten. Hilfreich kann hierbei ein international geweiteter Blick sein.

Despite considerable improvements during the last three decades, qualitative research still is not well established within psychology. This contribution first provides a historical overview of the difficult current status of qualitative psychology; e.g., being marginalized compared with its quantitative counterpart as well as with other social sciences (especially sociology, often regarded as the qualitative core discipline). Instead of fighting senseless battles with the mainstream of psychology or starting new ones with other disciplines it is recommended to elaborate the specific disciplinary perspectives crucial for psychological research endeavours; i.e., to focus on the psycho-logic and on psycho-logical requirements for qualitative research methods. An increased acknowledgement of the international state of the art of qualitative research might be helpful.
Keywords grounded theory; reflexivity; social research; qualitative method; methodology; psychology; historical development; quantitative method
Classification Research Design; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Psychology
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords History of Qualitative Research; quantitative und qualitative Methodologie; Self-Reflexivity; Internationalität; Grounded Theory Methodology; International Research
Document language German
Publication Year 2007
Journal Journal für Psychologie, 15 (2007) 2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
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