Essentials of Critical-Constructivist Grounded Theory Research

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Pub. Date: 2021-01-12
Publisher(s): American Psychological Association
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The brief, practical texts in the Essentials of Qualitative Methods series introduce social science and psychology researchers to key approaches to capturing phenomena not easily measured quantitatively, offering exciting, nimble opportunities to gather in-depth qualitative data.

This book provides a step-by-step description of how to use critical-constructivist grounded theory (CCGT) methods. This flexible approach can aid researchers in investigating topics within psychological, interpersonal, and sociocultural contexts. It leads readers to reflexively examine their research process, incorporate critical and constructivist procedures, and produce rich, multi-layered findings that demonstrate methodological integrity. The author guides researchers so that their own research goals shape the application of CCGT methods and their specific inquiry is strengthened. 

About the Essentials of Qualitative Methods book series: Even for experienced researchers, selecting and correctly applying the right method can be challenging. In this groundbreaking series, leading experts in qualitative methods provide clear, crisp, and comprehensive descriptions of their approach, including its methodological integrity, and its benefits and limitations. Each book includes numerous examples to enable readers to quickly and thoroughly grasp how to leverage these valuable methods.

Author Biography

Heidi M. Levitt, PhD, is a professor in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a past president of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP), a section of Division 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods) of the American Psychological Association (APA). In addition, she has been an associate editor for the journals Psychotherapy Research and Qualitative Psychology. She chaired the development of the SQIP recommendations for reviewing and designing qualitative research (Levitt et al., 2017) and chaired the development of the inaugural APA journal article reporting standards (JARS) for qualitative, qualitative meta-analytic, and mixed methods research.


Table of Contents

Series foreword by Clara E. Hill & Sarah Knox

1. Conceptual Foundations of Critical-Constructivist Grounded Theory

2. Designing the Study

3. Establishing Methodological Integrity

4. Collecting the Data

5. Analyzing the Data and Producing Results

6. Writing a Manuscript

7. Summary and Conclusions

Appendix: Exemplar Studies


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