Qualitatively-driven mixed methods approaches to counselling and psychotherapy research

Bailey-Rodriguez, Deborah ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9931-563X (2021) Qualitatively-driven mixed methods approaches to counselling and psychotherapy research. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 21 (1) . pp. 143-153. ISSN 1473-3145 [Article] (doi:10.1002/capr.12383)

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Many researchers and clinicians take an ‘either, or’ position regarding factors responsible for change when conducting research. Qualitatively-driven mixed methods privilege the qualitative approach and offers the opportunity to generate multi-dimensional material, permitting a more holistic insight into experiences that can be understood from a combination of epistemological and ontological stances. A qualitatively-driven mixed methods applies a ‘both, and’ position when exploring the elements that produce change or that are under investigation, which can be of particular value to counselling and psychotherapy research.

There are various ways of engaging with qualitatively-driven mixed methods. Some designs include both qualitative and quantitative components, where the former is the core element. The secondary component may also be qualitative, known as a multimethod design. Yet other designs mix different qualitative approaches, through the application of different qualitative analyses to the same data (pluralistic qualitative research).

This paper discusses the application and value of qualitatively-driven mixed methods in counselling and psychotherapy research through the presentation of two research case studies; one which mixes both qualitative and quantitative components to investigate the experiences of pain alleviation following a CBT pain management programme; and one which applies a pluralistic approach to a counselling psychology doctorate exploring the experiences and meanings attached to self-harming. Through illustration and discussion of the case studies’ mixed methods approaches, this paper demonstrates that qualitatively-driven mixed methods produce a more enhanced and holistic understanding into phenomena, and therefore a more balanced perspective to counselling and psychotherapy research.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 32096
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bailey-Rodriguez, D. Qualitatively driven mixed-methods approaches to counselling and psychotherapy research. Couns Psychother Res. 2021; 21: 143– 153, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/capr.12383. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
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Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2021 12:36
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 10:02
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/32096

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