Psychosocial Methodologies

Jones, David Wyn (2022). Psychosocial Methodologies. In: Frick, Uwe ed. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods Design, Volume 2. London: SAGE, pp. 586–603.



The chapter will provide an introduction to how psychosocial concepts can inform the design of distinctive psychosocial research methods. As will become clear, reflective practices are often central to these endeavours and so the chapter will proceed initially via reflection on the development of the author’s own work before providing an introduction to how the methodological principles of psychosocial work can inform the design of specific methods – including psychosocial interviewing, observational and visual practices of empirical enquiry.
Despite longer intellectual roots, this transdisciplinary field of enquiry, has gained ground in the past 30 years. It emerged in response to awareness of the need to repair the damaging schism that had developed between what might broadly be called sociological and psychological forms of knowledge. On their own these can only create rather desiccated models of the human world – that cannot grasp the reciprocal relationships between the active and affective elements of the individual psyche and the social and cultural structures that surround us.

This chapter describes the following psychosocial methods:

• Psychosocial interviewing • Observational methods • Social dreaming and visual methods • Psychosocial Analysis and History

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