The Use of Narrative Grid Interviews in Psychological Mobility Research


  • Michael Dick Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg



Repertory-Grid, narrative interview, quality criteria, mobility, ecological psychology


It is the aim of this article to justify the use of a cooperative research method, the narrative grid interview, within the framework of a research project on experience of mobility. The crucial characteristic of this method is to guarantee universal transparency from data collection to the description of generalized results and models. Thus, two requirements are met: The appropriateness is based in the narratives of the participants on their respective lifeworld, the ability to generalize is based on rules for data-analysis and -interpretation in agreement with legitimate paradigms (for the purpose of KUHN). Thereby greater closeness between theoretical groundwork research and concrete applications, be it in planning or counseling, should be guaranteed. After a concise introductory glance on the psychological and interdisciplinary understanding of mobility, the requirements on the concrete research project 'Psychological basis of mobility behavior' are deduced. In the articles' core quality (komma) criteria are formulated and examined in a concrete description of the methodological approach. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs000262


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Author Biography

Michael Dick, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg

Michael DICK, born 1964, Dipl.-Psych. Main research fields: Psychology in work, environment and technology, Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology, qualitative research methods. Since 1994 Assistant at Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Ergonomics/1, Schwarzenbergstr. 95, D - 21071 Hamburg.



How to Cite

Dick, M. (2000). The Use of Narrative Grid Interviews in Psychological Mobility Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1(2).