Using multivariate concept mapping for examining client understandings of counselling


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

Many qualitative research methods inadvertently examine the client’s perspective through the lens of researcher- or counsellor-derived constructs and categories, thereby blurring practitioner and client perspectives. This article provides a step-by-step guide for, conducting multivariate concept-mapping (MVCM), a mixed-methods research design that can be used to provide more trustworthy accounts of the client’s experience. Until there is a greater accumulation of counselling research using methods that allow clients to categorize the content they provide, this article can serve as an impetus for counsellors to carefully scrutinize the categorization based research on the client’s perspective that they use to inform their practice.

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