This Essay Will Demonstrate My Knowledge and Understanding of the Contribution to Qualitative Research to Psychology Through the Discussion of Published Qualitative Research.

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This essay will demonstrate my knowledge and understanding of the contribution to qualitative research to Psychology through the discussion of published qualitative research. Firstly, what is qualitative research and how does this differ from qualitative research? According to Smith “Qualitative analysis is concerned with describing the constituent properties of an entity” whereas “Qualitative analysis is involved in determining how much of the entity there is” (Smith et al., 2008 p.1) Quantitative research is any data that is in numerical from such as statistics, percentages etc. Quantitative research compels a drop of phenomena to numbers for statistical analysis. This type of research is mostly interested in adding the number of…show more content…
They were required to be over 18, willing to participate in the study, have lived and cared for a sibling with schizophrenia and lived in Canada. The participants ranged from their late 30’s to early 60’s. The siblings with schizophrenia ranged in ages 20 to late 50’s. Four of the participants were older and two were younger than their sibling with schizophrenia. The participants interacted with their siblings on a daily or weekly basis. The researchers used the interview approach which was used to elicit each participant’s thoughts and feelings. Semi-structured interviews allowed the participant to talk about their experiences in a quiet controlled environment. This qualitative method also allows the researcher to gain a deep understanding of how the participants copes having a sibling with schizophrenia. The interviews were recorded and lasted 45-90 minutes in which each participant got to choose the location of the interview. The 2nd interview was conducted 3 months later to allow the researchers to confirm that the account given in the 1st interview was an accurate analysis. Each participant stated that the previous summary given was an accurate account of their experience. The data from the interview was translated verbatim. Most qualitative methods require analysis to be transcribed verbatim (Willig et al., 2001). The transcripts were examined over and over by each

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