Qualitative Case Study In Case Studies

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Register to read the introduction… This can include similar groups, families, and cultures that share common experiences and perspectives. There are four types of qualitative case study research that are either experimental or naturalistic but hypothesis testing single case designs. These can introduce events or relationships to see how they interact, or they can happen naturally. Case study research can include more than one case, (multiple, collective case study research) as long as the cases do not cross into each other. Above all, it is the person that is being studied (Wheeler, 2005). In art therapy case study research, portraiture is used as case methodology. This is a method where the art therapist puts all culled information together and thinks about the case as if it were a portrait. There is a balance of the elements of the context, the thematic structure, relationship, and voice that makes the narrative into a whole portrait. Step taken in case study research are 1.) define the problem, 2.) selecting the case or cases, 3.) define the roles, 4.) identify the supervision or other helpers, 5.) introduce the project to the site and participants, 6.) document and gather initial information, 7.) data-gathering through successive cycles, 8.) creating a portrait of the case, 9.) second-order data analysis, and 10.) concluding the study. Limitations of case study research is subjective bias, assumptions, and overdrawn conclusions. Too often case studies are simply observations of the therapist and not a systematic process of valid inquiry. This has led to debates of the rigors of this method (Kapitan, …show more content…
Though quantitative research is considered more valid and legitimate, qualitative is the method that most are therapist use because of its natural relationship to art therapy. Qualitative and quantitative research appear to be at opposite ends of the continuum in research styles. Qualitative case study research and phenomenological research are two styles of qualitative research that I feel are most used in art therapy.

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