A story of great expectations: Qualitative research in psychology in the Czech and Slovak Republics

Masaryk, Radomír; Petrjánošová, Magda; Lášticová, Barbara; Kuglerová, Nikoleta and Stainton Rogers, Wendy (2019). A story of great expectations: Qualitative research in psychology in the Czech and Slovak Republics. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 16(3) pp. 336–353.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2019.1605671


In this article, we explore how social, cultural, and institutional contexts have influenced methodological choices in psychology research in the Czech and Slovak republics (C&SR). Thirty years since the collapse of communism in 1989, many qualitative psychologists are disappointed, feeling their hopes have not been fulfilled. In the current performance-oriented and measurement-obsessed academic milieu, it has become difficult to do in-depth qualitative research. Despite the broad integration of qualitative research into C&SR psychology, there has been only a modest increase in qualitative research getting published. Our article looks at the personal narratives of key figures in qualitative research in the C&SR and how these overlap with the overall narratives of social change in our countries and the epistemological changes in our science. The article draws on a conference panel discussion, interviews with key actors who have shaped qualitative research in C&SR, and our own experiences.

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  • 61663
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  • Journal Item
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  • 1478-0887
  • Keywords
  • Czech Republic; psychology; qualitative methods; qualitative approach; Slovak Republic
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  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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