Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Qualitative Research in Couple and Family Therapy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_409-1

Name of Concept

Qualitative research


Qualitative research refers to a broad range of empirical methodology designed to describe and interpret human experiences by examining the reported experiences of the group being studied. Denzin and Lincoln (2000) claims: “qualitative researchers study things in their natural settings, attempting to make sense of, or to interpret, phenomena in terms of the meanings people bring to them” (p. 3). Qualitative approaches are utilized for many purposes, including but not limited to theory and model building, hypothesis testing, concept development, explaining social processes, building descriptions of lived experiences, developing typologies, surveys, assessment instruments, and evaluation measures. Sprenkle (2012) emphasized the value of qualitative investigation for studying family interactions and the process of family therapy. Qualitative research has been demonstrated in numerous research studies to be a natural fit with family...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA