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This book is a step-by-step guide to conducting qualitative meta-analysis (QMA). This flexible and generic method synthesizes the findings of several research studies investigating similar phenomena. Given the ever-increasing number of qualitative studies in the social sciences, QMA answers the need for rigorous secondary analysis that offers a more conclusive picture of a field of inquiry.
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.
Ladislav Timulak, PhD is Professor in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Ladislav (“Laco”—read “Latso”) is Course Director of the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. His main interest is psychotherapy research, particularly the development of emotion-focused therapy. He has written or co-written eight books, over 90 peer reviewed papers and chapters. His most recent books include Essentials of Descriptive-Interpretive Qualitative Research: A Generic Approach (with co-author Robert Elliott) and Transdiagnostic Emotion-Focused Therapy (with co-author Daragh Keogh) published by the American Psychological Association (2021). He serves on various editorial boards and, in the past, coedited Counselling Psychology Quarterly.
Mary Creaner, DPsych, is Assistant Professor with the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Director of the MSc in Clinical Supervision, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Mary is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Counseling Psychology (APA, Division 17). She is an accredited therapist and supervisor with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Her publications include the text, Getting the best out of supervision in counselling and psychotherapy (Sage, 2014). Mary’s research interests include qualitative methods, clinical supervision, and psychotherapy research. Mary is actively involved in training, research, and practice and presents her research nationally and internationally.
Table of Contents
Chapter 2. Defining the Research Problem and Planning the Study
Chapter 3. Selecting the Primary Studies and Extracting the Data
Chapter 4. Analyzing Meta-Analytic Data
Chapter 5. Limitations and Challenges of Qualitative Meta-Analysis
Chapter 6. Publishing Qualitative Meta-Analysis
Chapter 7. Summary and Future Directions
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