Autobiographies written by those living with illness are readily available sources of data that can also aid in the development of a grounded theory. However, existing methodological guidelines do not provide support for the transparent and rigorous use of these texts. This paper describes a number of issues around the use of these texts, and provides an example of how autobiographies were used in a study conducted by the author. A set of steps that can be used by other grounded theorists considering the use of autobiographies as sources of data is provided, in an attempt to advance this aspect of the methodology.
Autobiography, Grounded Theory, Extant Data, Guidelines, Reflection
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Ravenek, M. (2017). Autobiographies as Extant Data in Grounded Theory Methodology: A Reflection. The Qualitative Report, 22(6), 1541-1549. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2677