Phenomenological and Hermeneutic Approaches in Qualitative Psychological Research



The article presents a critical analysis of the methodological consequences of phenomenological and philosophical hermeneutics ideas in the field of psychological research. The article examines the possibility of a generalized perspective on qualitative research with emphasis on flexibility of research techniques and procedures that can be used in a variety of conceptual approaches. As well as focus on sequence and coherence of the methodological approach when the methodical procedures are coherent to philosophical grounds of the approach is analyzed. The author describes phenomenological and hermeneutic approaches' philosophical grounds used as a qualitative research strategy and shows how particular philosophical world view take shape in the data analysis procedures and in research quality assessment principles.

General Information

Keywords: Qualitative Research, Phenomenological Approach, Hermeneutic Approach, Description, Interpretation, Intuitive Phenomenology, Empathic Phenomenology

Journal rubric: Theory and Methodology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Busygina N.P. Phenomenological and Hermeneutic Approaches in Qualitative Psychological Research. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2009. Vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 57–65. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Natalya P. Busygina, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor, Department of Counselling and Clinical Psychology, Chair of Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Moscow State University of Psychology an Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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