The Affinity between Qualitative Methods and Community Psychology


  • Jarg Bergold Freie Universität Berlin



community psychology, qualitative methods, everyday life, complex systems, psycho-social processes, empowerment, participation, multiperspectivity, partiality, process orientation


Basically community psychology is not associated with a certain methodology but there are good reasons why qualitative methods are chosen in many investigations in community psychology. Characteristic features of the community psychology approach are nearness to everyday life, multiperspectivity, partiality, and process orientation. These characteristics become relevant if complex psycho-social processes like empowerment, social networks etc. are investigated. In this contribution I will discuss in which way qualitative methods today can contribute to a better understanding of these processes in community psychology research. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0002283


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Author Biography

Jarg Bergold, Freie Universität Berlin

Jarg BERGOLD (, Prof. Dr. phil., Dipl.-Psych.,is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Clinical and Community Psychology at the Freie Universität, Berlin. His research interests include psychotherapy and counselling, crisis intervention, analysis of psychosocial and psychiatric systems and qualitative evaluation



How to Cite

Bergold, J. (2000). The Affinity between Qualitative Methods and Community Psychology. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1(2).