Quality & Quantity

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 379–390 | Cite as

Content analysis research method with Nvivo-6 software in a PhD thesis: an approach to the long-term psychological effects on Chilean ex-prisoners survivors of experiences of torture and imprisonment

  • Pamela Zapata-Sepúlveda
  • Félix López-Sánchez
  • María Cruz Sánchez-Gómez


The aim of this paper is to review the usefulness of the software CAQDAS QSR—Nvivo-6 in a PhD. Thesis, which consisted of finding the long-term psychological effects of experiences of imprisonment and torture for political reasons in their Chilean survivors. For this research, it was created and administered an in-depth interview to 60 survivors, from which outcome was 9900 paragraphs, coded into 784 categories. The software QSR Nvivo-6 threw a report of frequencies, which were compared quantitatively using Pearson’s χ 2 square test and cluster analysis. We conclude that the software facilitates the development of qualitative thematic content analysis, simplifying the coding, analysis and display of data. In Addition, it is very useful when working with large quantities of information, promoting the reliability and validity of studies. However, other aspects are also required to ensure the rigor of a qualitative study.


Long-term effect Torture CAQDAS Political prisson Chilean survivors Mixed methods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela Zapata-Sepúlveda
    • 1
  • Félix López-Sánchez
    • 2
  • María Cruz Sánchez-Gómez
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Filosofía y Psicología (Centro de Investigación e Intervención Psicosocial), Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y JurídicasUniversidad de TarapacáAricaChile
  2. 2.Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación, Facultad de PsicologíaUniversidad de SalamancaSalamancaSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Didáctica, Facultad de Educación, Organización y Métodos de InvestigaciónUniversidad de SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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