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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446


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Scientific prospective of case study methodology 3104


Busygina N.P.
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

The case-study researches are not used widely in academic psychology till now, though they are rather widespread genre in psychotherapy. In the article the question of possibilities of scientific use of cases is raised. The author focuses on the ways of generalisation of case-study results and also discusses the academic value of descriptive case researches which cannot be generalized. Besides, the author mentions the questions of research planning in case studies especially those which contribute to research improvement. The author argues that the case study methodology fits various epistemological systems and is rather useful either for adherents of "understanding" psychology, and for those who are interested in psychology as a classical science.

Keywords: case-study, different cases generalization, case-study research planning, analytic items of case-studies research, strategy of cases selection, interpretation, interpretation validity, interpretative relativity

Column: Theory and methodology

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