Re: Help!!!

Michael J. Donovan, Ph.D. (
Fri, 17 Oct 1997 03:53:17 -0700

Kathleen Molloy wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am currently working on my dissertation which aims to investigate
> nurses constructs of dementia. Within this I am also looking for
> answers to specific questions, such as the diff between males and
> female nurses, between male and female patients and reportings of
> aggression. I have begun interviewing and found that some nurses 1st
> principal component is based on sociability, whilst for others it is
> aggression. I then thought that maybe this was a result of the
> presonality of the nurses, and am now administering EPQs too.
> My problem lies in my methods of analysis. I am using Flexigrid. My
> supervisor says that dissertations should either be qualitative or
> quantitive, and I am unsure if rep grid work usually has hypotheses
> and inferential stats. He says that it's up to me to decide how to
> write up the work.
> What do you all think?
> If you need any further info I will be happy to discuss it.
> Kathy

1. Search Dissertation Abstracts, especially for nursing and rep grid.
2. Politely enquire as to what your advisor means by "Should", e.g.
must (if so why?)
usually is
is all he knows about
3. If appropriate, provide him with results of examination of other
dissertations, thus appealing to autority (universities, advisors,
4. If necessary, get a less righd advisor.

Your problem is typical.
Be particularly careful in this regard of outside committee members.

Good luck.

Mike Dovovan