Q methodology--a journey into the subjectivity of human mind.


AIMS This paper introduces a relatively new research methodological tool, known as Q method, useful in exploring issues related to human subjectivity. DESCRIPTION Q methodology is unique as it combines the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative research traditions. The sequential steps involve generation of ideas about the research topics, clarification and refinement of the ideas, and rank ordering these ideas by the respondents in a quasinormal distribution. The data are extracted with by-person factor analysis and useful in exploring arrays of attitude either cross-sectionally or longitudinally over a period of time. CONCLUSION Q methodology can be used to analyse opinions, perceptions, and attitudes in both clinical and non-clinical settings. It is a preferred method of human subjectivity study as it provides more in-depth analysis of complex subjectivity issues.

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@article{Amin2000QMJ, title={Q methodology--a journey into the subjectivity of human mind.}, author={Zubair Amin}, journal={Singapore medical journal}, year={2000}, volume={41 8}, pages={410-4} }