- Oxford Library Of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Introduction: Solidifying and Advancing Group Counseling
- The Nature and Significance of Groups
- Definition of Group Counseling
- The History of Group Counseling
- Ethics, Best Practices, andLaw in Group Counseling
- Diversity in Groups
- A Social Justice Approach to Group Counseling
- Therapeutic Factors in Group-Counseling: Asking New Questions
- Cohesion in Counseling and Psychotherapy Groups
- Group Climate: Construct in Search of Clarity
- Group Development
- Evidence Bases for Group Practice
- General Research Models
- Assessing Groups
- Qualitative Research Approaches and Group Counseling
- Personhood of the Leader
- Group Techniques
- Group Leader Style and Functions
- Group Leadership Teaching and Training: Methods and Issues
- Supervision of Group Counseling
- Creativity and Spontaneity in Groups
- Groups across Settings
- Group Counseling across the Life Span: A Psychosocial Perspective
- Group Counseling with Sexual Minorities
- Prevention Groups
- International Group Counseling
- Brief Group Treatment
- Mutual Help Groups: What Are They and What Makes Them Work?
- Online Groups
- Groups for Trauma/Disaster
- Group Counseling: 50 Basic Premises and the Need for Mainstreaming
Abstract and Keywords
Qualitative research approaches have gained wide acceptance in many social sciences. However, they struggle to gain acceptance and credibility in fields related to counseling and are little used in group-counseling research. This may have limited the development of group-counseling research as the strengths of qualitative research approaches have a unique synergy with the challenges and needs of group-counseling research. This chapter explores the fundamental characteristics of qualitative approaches, their strengths and limitations, and various types of qualitative research. It continues with a discussion of the challenges and needs of group-counseling research and how qualitative approaches may address these needs. The chapter also introduces the issue of quality in qualitative research and describes an atheoretical research-design process aimed at promoting congruent, effective qualitative designs. Finally, this chapter provides summaries and evaluations of several qualitative group-counseling studies, presents key themes from the chapter discussions, and proposes future directions for qualitative research applied to group counseling.
Deborah J. Rubel is a professor in the Department of Counseling at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.
Jane E. Atieno Okech, Department of Leadership & Developmental Sciences, University of Vermont.
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