Re: post to R Adelman/ return reply

Rob Adelman (
Thu, 17 Jul 1997 21:01:27 -0500


I reread the '92 Winter article and realized he is really interpreting his
data in terms of organization of constructs rather than content of
constructs. It seems odd that so much of the published research focuses on
construct structures instead of content,
given Kelly's focus on meaning. Is PCP limited to case studies when it
comes to the analysis of meaning? What methods are there for comparing
construct content between patients or groups of patients?

Thanks for the reminder about common constructs. I would think that is the
only way to go in a group study, whereas with an individual client one
would not have this constraint. I have not seen anything as to a method
for setting up the "sorts" of elements. Is this done in a random fashion?

Have you heard anything about the Seattle conference? I suspect the reason
there has not been much mail is because people are recovering from the



> From: Bob Green <>
> To:
> Subject: post to R Adelman
> Date: Thursday, July 17, 1997 3:35 PM
> Rob,
> For some reason my post to your private address was unsuccessful.
> Regarding your post:
> >I have enjoyed watching the dialogue we started on schizophrenia.
> >Everybody's comments have helped me clarify the focus of my research. I
> >now at the point where I am trying to tighten up my procedures. I was
> >wondering whether anyone was
> >having the patient select their own sorts of elements for construct
> >elicitation. It seemed like this may be a more projective procedure
> >presenting the sorts to in an experimenter arranged format.
> What you need to consider is how you will analyse the data. If you want
> make 'direct' comparisons between patients you should consider common
> elements, otherwise you can probably only do individual analyses. Bear
> mind that a grid can take 1-2 hours at least. Test this for yourself.
> people will be able to generate constructs and not readily rate and
> vice versa. It will all depend on your hypotheses.
> I have been considering dyadic elicitation as discussed by Button. I
> suggest trying out a few approaches and see what patients can cope with.

> >He has a '93
> >article in A Psychology of the Future by B.Walker et al. that is a
> >study of patients discharged from the hospital, also. I've not been
> >to find this in this country. Are you familiar with it?
> I believe the 1993 article is based on the Townsville PCP conference. I
> will see if I have the article and how it differs from the 1992 article.
> Regards,
> Bob