Title

Bridging the Gap: Using Quantitative Measures to Derive Qualitative Meaning

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1054

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Format Type

Paper

Start Date

12-1-2017 1:15 PM

End Date

12-1-2017 3:05 PM

Abstract

Bridging the Gap: Using Quantitative Measures to Derive Qualitative Meaning

I will provide information regarding the utilization of a quantitative method as part of a qualitative research design. In this case, a scale derived to quantify client feedback is used for qualitative data generation within a psychotherapy session. I will discuss the ways in which this numeric feedback source could provide a platform for exploration of the client’s lived experience within the therapeutic session, rather than categorizing experience by numbers. Furthermore, I will define how this measure will provide client meaning in a qualitative dissertation research design. The partners for change outcome management system (PCOMS) derived an outcome rating scale (ORS) and session rating scale (SRS) as tools for client self-reported measurement. These are reliable and valid measures of client progress and the therapeutic alliance (Duncan & Sparks, 2010). The measures provide a number rating that places the participant on a sort of descriptive ruler, though her 10 may be different than his 10. The inquiry that follows this numeric description is the client’s to define. This quantitative measure can be repurposed as a qualitative tool that is both culturally and respectfully considerate of the significance behind a participant’s view of change. I will argue that quantitative measures have a place within qualitative research. Additionally, my experiences as a therapist and first hand use of this system will inform the research design of my qualitative dissertation.

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Bridging the Gap: Using Quantitative Measures to Derive Qualitative Meaning

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Bridging the Gap: Using Quantitative Measures to Derive Qualitative Meaning

I will provide information regarding the utilization of a quantitative method as part of a qualitative research design. In this case, a scale derived to quantify client feedback is used for qualitative data generation within a psychotherapy session. I will discuss the ways in which this numeric feedback source could provide a platform for exploration of the client’s lived experience within the therapeutic session, rather than categorizing experience by numbers. Furthermore, I will define how this measure will provide client meaning in a qualitative dissertation research design. The partners for change outcome management system (PCOMS) derived an outcome rating scale (ORS) and session rating scale (SRS) as tools for client self-reported measurement. These are reliable and valid measures of client progress and the therapeutic alliance (Duncan & Sparks, 2010). The measures provide a number rating that places the participant on a sort of descriptive ruler, though her 10 may be different than his 10. The inquiry that follows this numeric description is the client’s to define. This quantitative measure can be repurposed as a qualitative tool that is both culturally and respectfully considerate of the significance behind a participant’s view of change. I will argue that quantitative measures have a place within qualitative research. Additionally, my experiences as a therapist and first hand use of this system will inform the research design of my qualitative dissertation.