Psychological Disposition in Qualitative Research


The role of psychological disposition is utmost important in qualitative research. It influences the quality of information and its authenticity. The paper examines the role of psychological disposition and its impact in conducting qualitative research. We conducted qualitative research using semi structured in depth questionnaire for middle level and top management bank employees. Respondents’ apprehension to reveal real information was influenced by their culture and personal experience. Respondents with adverse experience expressed confined information and became skeptical, whereas respondents with positive experience expressed unconfined information. However, confidence measures and trust building about their opinions played constructive roles. Our preliminary result suggests that carefully addressed issues and trust building measures go long way to acquire adequate and reliable information from respondents. We conclude that researcher’s emotional awareness and experience play crucial role to understand respondents’ feelings and hence influencing the quality of outcomes and future research.

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Ajay Gupta, Vivekanand Institute of Management Studies and Research, India

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Conference: ACP2017
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

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