Qualitative Research and the Analysis of Processes. Considerations towards a "Qualitative Developmental Psychology"


  • Günter Mey University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal




qualitative research, microgenesis, developmental psychology, narrative psychology, analysis of processes


This contribution begins with a brief description of the three phases of developmental psychology in regards to their predominant methodical orientations. The use and analysis of qualitative documents as a characteristic research strategy could only be discovered in the first phase. Following this introduction is a brief summary of some new directions connected to the early phase of developmental psychology, which are based on the analyses of para-literal documents, observations and interviews. In closing, a plea for a stronger and more equal use of a qualitative research perspective, necessary to reflect the genuine subject of developmental psychology—processes and transformation—in a more adequate way, is outlined. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0001107


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Author Biography

Günter Mey, University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal

Günter MEY (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/impressum/mey-e.htm) is an assistant professor at the Technical University of Berlin, Department of Developmental Psychology. He created documentary films about youth-cultural places and life-styles and was engaged in different research projects about youth development and children's life worlds. His main research topics are social scientific research on adolescence (in particular identity development), ecological psychology (in particular developmental city research in the tradition of Martha MUCHOW) and qualitative research. Important publications are—beside several articles (written together with Katja MRUCK) upon qualitative methodology and methods—his in 1999 published book "Adolescence, identity, narration" (Berlin: Koester) and "Children, cities, and psychological theories. Developing relationships" (Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 1998), edited together with Dietmar GOERLITZ, Hans Joachim HARLOFF and Jaan VALSINER.



How to Cite

Mey, G. (2000). Qualitative Research and the Analysis of Processes. Considerations towards a "Qualitative Developmental Psychology". Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-1.1.1120

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