The method of psychobiography: presenting a step-wise approach

du Plessis, Carolina (2017) The method of psychobiography: presenting a step-wise approach. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 14 (2). pp. 216-237. ISSN 1478-0887


Psychobiography as a qualitative research method in psychology has witnessed prolific growth in the last few decades. This growth has been accompanied by concerns regarding the veracity, rigour, quality, and trustworthiness of psychobiographical research. Current research has gone a long way toward addressing these concerns through the publication of excellent
best practice guidelines as well as criteria for evaluating the quality of psychobiographical research. However, a gap remains regarding guidelines detailing the steps involved in conducting psychobiographical research. This article addresses this gap by relying on existing psychobiographical guidelines and general qualitative research strategies to advance a stepwise approach to the conducting of a psychobiography. The aim is to provide simple and clear guidelines that can be
followed when undertaking psychobiographical research. Through so doing, this article contributes to the continuous growth and improvement of the field of psychobiographical research.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 02:28
Last Modified: 09 May 2018 02:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychobiography, psychobiographical method, qualitative research
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2017.1284290

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