Re: pcp and Q-methodology.

David Sims (
Wed, 4 Sep 1996 10:00:33 BST

Hello, Sue, and thanks for your message. I asked the same question on
this list a few months ago, and got a couple of replies which I will
attempt to paste in. And it sounds as if we should at least be
talking to each other about this.

From: (Robert Parks)
Subject: Re: Qmethod and PCP

>Has anyone written about/ looked at the relationship between QMethodology
>(as in Knight and Doan, The Stories We Tell Ourselves, Harcourt Brace,
>1994), also known elsewhere as QMethod, and repertory grid?
>All the best,

I have wondered about that question also, since both methods appear to
differ from traditional scaling techniques in their focus on eliciting from
the viewpoint of the subjective construct rather than the observer's view
of behavior. I have a book on Q-methodolgy in the Sage Quantitative
methods series, and one on the use of Q-methodology in political studies,
but neither deals with PCP/rep-grids.

I'd be interested in knowing what you find out.

By the way, do you have first initials/names on that book you mentioned?
Care to tell us more about it?


Bob Parks

Date: Wed, 05 Jun 1996 09:22:21 +0800
Subject: Re: Qmethod and PCP
Patrick Slater writes of the similarities and differences
between Q-methodology first introduced by Stephenson in 1953
and rep grid methodology in his 1977 book "Explorations
in Personal Space" vol. 1. (Wiley). I believe he was the first
to write of this.

Geoff Blowers

Hello, for the first time, to pcp list members.

My name is Sue Coomer - I'm a psychology graduate and at the moment I'm =
about to start studying counselling and psychotherapy at the Centre for =
Personal Construct Psychology, London.=20

I am interested, non-professionally for the time being, both in the =
pcp approach (to therapy) and Q-methodological techniques (for =
researching public understandings of social issues).=20

I wonder if anyone has come across any research which compares / =
contrasts these two methodologies?=20

Best Wishes.

Sue Coomer.

All the best,

David Sims
Professor of Management Studies
Brunel University
Uxbridge UB8 3PH, UK
Tel: 01895 203147 ext. 2458. Fax: 01895 203149