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ERIC Number: EJ873708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Why We Need Qualitative Research in Suicidology
Hjelmeland, Heidi; Knizek, Birthe Loa
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v40 n1 p74-80 Feb 2010
Using the differentiation between "explanations" and "understanding" from philosophy of science as the point of departure, a critical look at the current mainstream suicidological research was launched. An almost exclusive use of quantitative methodology focusing on "explanations" is demonstrated. This bias in scope and methodology has to a large extent taken the suicidological field into a dead-end of repetitious research. It is argued that an increased focus on "understanding" and thus extended use of qualitative methodology is essential in bringing the suicidological field forward.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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