Qualitative methods in psychotherapy outcome research

Brian Rodgers, Robert Elliott

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This chapter highlights the potential and variety of qualitative methods that can be applied to counselling and psychotherapy outcome research. The chapter’s main focus is on outlining the various forms of qualitative data collection methods that are available to researchers. This is followed by an overview of the various qualitative analysis methods that can be utilised for interpreting the data. Finally, the limitations of qualitative outcome research are discussed, including a number of approaches to evaluating the credibility of such research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychotherapy Research
Subtitle of host publicationFoundations, Process and Outcome
EditorsOmar C. G. Gelo, Alfred Pritz, Bernd Rieken
Place of PublicationVienna
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783709113820
ISBN (Print)9783709113813
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • psychotherapy
  • qualitative outcome research
  • narrative assessment interview


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