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ERIC Number: EJ1042670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
Observing a Client's Grieving Process: Bringing Logical Positivism into Qualitative Grief Counselling Research
Wilson, John; Gabriel, Lynne; James, Hazel
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v42 n5 p568-583 2014
This positional paper originates from our need as researcher/practitioners to establish a meaningful epistemological framework for research into bereaved people's journey through loss and grief over time. We describe how the field of grief research has a long and established biological basis, in keeping with a positivist epistemology. However, there has been a diminution of the influence of logical positivism in twenty-first-century counselling research. We argue that in grief counselling research, naturalistic observation of the grieving process within a logical positivist paradigm, remains a valid and valuable construct. We posit an observational protocol for the grief counselling process which minimises the intrusion of research method into the therapeutic process. We offer this as a means of conducting qualitative research within a bereavement counselling service. Further, we suggest that the development of an observational protocol for a client's grieving process has potential implications for developing good practice in grief work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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