Characteristics of Qualitative Research Methods in Clinical Psychology in Japan


In the field of clinical psychology in Japan, many qualitative research articles have conducted Grounded Theory Approach (GTA) or Modified Grounded Theory Approach (M-GTA) analyses using semi-structured interviews. However, previous research is not limited to subjects in need of support, which is a characteristic of clinical psychology. Therefore, this study aims to clarify the characteristics of qualitative research methods in the field of clinical psychology in Japan, particularly focusing on those in need of support. We identified 152 articles on qualitative research from clinical psychology-related journals and selected 81 articles on subjects requiring support and their related personnel. Based on these articles, we created three categories including “characteristics of the subjects,” “data collection methods,” and “analysis methods,” and created a control table to examine the characteristics of the subjects and data. The results showed that “semi-structured interview” was the method in the top 10% or more in the cross table of subjects and data collection methods in “medical care” and “social issues.” Additionally, “GTA” and “M-GTA” were common in “medical care” and “social issues,” and only “TEM” was found in “medical care” in the cross table of subjects and analysis methods. In the cross table of data collection and analysis methods, “semi-structured interview”/“GTA,” “semi-structured interview”/“M-GTA,” and “clinical practice records”/“other qualitative data analysis” were in the top 10% or higher. These results revealed that semi-structured interviews and GTA were the main methods used, whereas “clinical practice records” were examined using a variety of analytical methods.

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Yutaro Hirata, Kagoshima University, Japan
Masako Iida, Kagoshima University, Japan
Kayo Kamimura, Kagoshima University, Japan

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Conference: ACP2024
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

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Hirata Y., Iida M., & Kamimura K. (2024) Characteristics of Qualitative Research Methods in Clinical Psychology in Japan ISSN: 2187-4743 – The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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