Essentials of Consensual Qualitative Research

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Pub. Date: 2021-01-05
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.
In this volume, Clara E. Hill and Sarah Knox describe consensual qualitative research (CQR), an inductive method characterized by open-ended interview questions, small samples, a reliance on words over numbers, the importance of context, an integration of multiple viewpoints (for example, the consensus of the research team and auditors), and a high emphasis on rigor and replicability.  
CQR is especially well suited to research that requires rich descriptions of inner experiences, attitudes, and convictions, and is therefore widely used by psychotherapy researchers. 
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

Clara E. Hill, PhD, is professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been the president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, the editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, and the editor of Psychotherapy Research. Her major research interests are helping skills, psychotherapy process and outcome, training therapists, dream work, and qualitative research. She has published more than 170 journal articles, 40 chapters in books, and nine books (including Therapist Techniques and Client Outcomes: Eight Cases of Brief Psychotherapy; Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight, and Action; and Dream Work in Therapy: Facilitating Exploration, Insight, and Action). 


Sarah Knox, PhD, is a professor of counselor education and counseling psychology at Marquette University. Her research has been published in numerous journals, including The Counseling Psychologist, Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Counseling Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Research, and Training and Education in Professional Psychology. Her publications focus on the psychotherapy process and relationship, supervision and training, and qualitative research.
She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Counselling Psychology Quarterly and serves on the Publication Board of Division 29 (Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Knox is a Fellow of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) and Division 29 (Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association.  

Table of Contents

Series Foreword, by Clara E. Hill and Sarah Knox
1. Conceptual and Philosophical Foundations of Consensual Qualitative Research 
2. Getting Started 
3. Developing the Interview 
4. Collecting the Data 
5. Analyzing Data Within Cases
6. Analyzing Data Across Cases
7. Writing the Manuscript
8. Variations on CQR
9. Conclusions    
Appendix A: Example Studies 

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