Qualitative research methods in peace psychology

Law, Siew Fang and Bretherton, Diane (2015). Qualitative research methods in peace psychology. In Diane Bretherton and Siew Fang Law (Ed.), Methodologies in peace psychology: peace research by peaceful means (pp. 89-114) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-18395-4_5

Author Law, Siew Fang
Bretherton, Diane
Title of chapter Qualitative research methods in peace psychology
Title of book Methodologies in peace psychology: peace research by peaceful means
Place of Publication Cham, Switzerland
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-18395-4_5
Series Peace Psychology Book Series
ISBN 9783319183947
ISSN 2197-5779
Editor Diane Bretherton
Siew Fang Law
Volume number 26
Chapter number 5
Start page 89
End page 114
Total pages 26
Total chapters 22
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This chapter provides an overview of research paradigms in psychology: positivist, constructivist and transformative. Elements of all three may be used to develop an integrated approach to a research problem. In contrast to quantitative methods that focus on numerical analyzes, qualitative research methods analyze words and texts to explore subjective meanings and themes. Examples of different qualitative research projects are provided. Some of the key features, issues and challenges of the research process are described at each stage of the research process: sampling, data collection, data analysis, reporting and publication. Qualitative research is not seen as inherently more peaceful than quantitative work but as comprising a broad set of approaches that can help in the quest to give voice to hitherto neglected populations around the world.
Keyword Qualitative research methods
Peace psychology
Peace and conflict studies
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 17 Mar 2016, 12:53:47 EST by Professor Diane Bretherton on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies