Divided into four sections, the chapters present a history of this innovative approach and describe a range of methods, including content analysis scales, repertory grid methodology, narrative assessments and drawings, and the laddering and ABC techniques. Clear and authoritative, this book provides easy to follow descriptions and examples of applications in clinical and non–clinical settings and explains how and why certain methods are used and in which contexts they are likely to have the most success.
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PART I: SETTING THE SCENE
1 Assessment of Personal Constructs: Features and Functions of Constructivist Techniques 3Heather Gaines Hardison and Robert A. Neimeyer
2 Qualitative Methods in Personal Construct Research: A Set of Possible Criteria 53Linda L. Viney and Sue Nagy
PART II: QUALITATIVE APPROACHES: EXPLORING PROCESS
3 The Use of Laddering: Techniques, Applications and Problems 71Beverly M. Walker and Nadia Crittenden
4 The ABC Model Revisited 89Finn Tschudi and David Winter
5 The Self–Characterization Technique: Uses, Analysis and Elaboration 109Nadia Crittenden and Chantel Ashkar
6 Experience Cycle Methodology: A Method for Understanding the Construct Revision Pathway 129Lindsay G. Oades and Linda L. Viney
PART III: QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES: EXPLORING PROCESS
7 An Introduction to Grid–based Methods 149Peter Caputi
8 Analyzing Grids: New and Traditional Approaches 159Peter Caputi, Richard Bell and Desley Hennessy
9 Computer–aided Constructivism 183Brian R. Gaines and Mildred L.G. Shaw
10 Using Constructivist–oriented Content Analysis Scales 223Linda L. Viney and Peter Caputi
PART IV: METHODS IN COUNSELING AND CLINICAL SETTINGS
11 Narrative Assessment in Psychotherapy: A Constructivist Approach 247Luis Botella and Mar aGamiz
12 Using Contrasting Drawings or Pictures as an Assessment Tool within a Personal Construct Framework 269Heather Foster and Linda L. Viney
13 Personal Construct Psychotherapy Techniques with Adolescents: An Integrated Model 287Miriam Stein, Elaine Atkinson, and Anne Fraser
Linda L. Viney is Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia and her most recent publication is Personal Construct Psychotherapy: Advances in Theory, Practice and Research (2005).
Beverley M. Walker is Honorary Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her publications include The Construction of Group Realities: Culture, Society and Personal Construct Theory (edited with Kalekin–Fishman & Walker, 1996) and The Internet Encyclopaedia of Personal Construct Psychology (edited with Scheer & Walker).
Nadia Crittenden is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where she has she has taught for many years, conducted training workshops, and presented and published research