Methodological and Methodical Issues in Clinical Studies Concerning Values

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Abstract

The article presents the purchase to studying value systems in various sciences; psychology, philosophy. The paper describes methodological difficulties in clinical studies of values. The first difficulty; an unspoken conviction held by clinicians that psychologically ill patients are not in possession of values whatsoever, or that there is a difference expressed in the production of certain value clusters. The second difficulty is a lack of normative values and the influence of postmodern world views on psychological practice. The article considers a need for reflections on internal value systems. Thereby the contemporary clinical study of value systems, should lead to solutions to the aforementioned problems. For a holistic study of value systems it is necessary to create special experimental conditions to a reflection and understanding of One's Own value systems by the subjects of the study. The article proposes a set of adequate and necessary requirements for patho-psychological experiments in the field of value thought processes of patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. As an example of such a study the author shows a detailed interview following a modelled value based dialogue and the authors methodology of ‘value classification’. Presented is the interview structure, a set of used values, instructions given to participants, and supplementary questions.

General Information

Keywords: research methodology, values, value thinking, clinical studies, schizophrenia, value classification

Journal rubric: Methods and Techniques

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpse.2016050310

For citation: Leontyeva E.M. Methodological and Methodical Issues in Clinical Studies Concerning Values [Elektronnyi resurs]. Klinicheskaia i spetsial'naia psikhologiia = Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2016. Vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 145–155. DOI: 10.17759/cpse.2016050310. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Elena M. Leontyeva, Applicant Degree of Candidate of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Psychology, Department of Neuro - and Pathopsychology, Moscow State University. M. V. Lomonosov, PKB n 1 im.Alexeeva N.A., Moscow, Russia, e-mail: lyalya_ru@mail.ru

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