Journal article

The essential role of social theory in qualitative public health research

Karen Willis, Jeanne Daly, Michelle Kealy, Rhonda Small, Glenda Koutroulis, Julie Green, Lisa Gibbs, Samantha Thomas

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To define the role of social theory and examine how research studies using qualitative methods can use social theory to generalize their results beyond the setting of the study or to other social groups. APPROACH: The assumptions underlying public health research using qualitative methods derive from a range of social theories that include conflict theory, structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism, the sociology of knowledge and feminism. Depending on the research problem, these and other social theories provide conceptual tools and models for constructing a suitable research framework, and for collecting and analysing data. In combination with the substantive health liter..

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