Conference Report: Fourth Annual Meeting of Qualitative Psychology. "Areas of Qualitative Psychology—Special Focus on Design"


  • Leo Gürtler University of Education Weingarten
  • Silke-Birgitta Gahleitner Alice-Salomon-Fachhochschule Berlin



qualitative methodology, qualitative psychology, research design, methodology, qualitative research, psychology, networking, mixed methods


This report note reviews the fourth an­nual meeting of Qualitative Psychology in Blau­beu­ren (near Ulm, Germany) Oct., 22-24, 2003. Organized by the Center for Qualitative Psy­chol­ogy (Tübingen, Germany). The question of Re­search Design was chosen as the central topic of the conference. Researchers from different pro­fes­sions took part. The range of experience of the participants was very heterogeneous: Beginning with young researchers, different levels of exper­tise were represented (up to and including very ex­perienced scholars and researchers). Participants also came from different countries. The main work was done in small working groups. In these groups each study and its outcome(s) was critically dis­cussed and remarked upon. Plenum lectures were also held, in which selected experts presented their thoughts on the central topic—research de­sign. The following report gives a brief summary of each study presented. An attempt is also under­taken to evaluate the findings and the workshop as a whole in the context of the development of qualitative research in psychology. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0403312


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Author Biographies

Leo Gürtler, University of Education Weingarten

Leo GÜRTLER works as a psychologist in the Department of Educational Psychology, School for Education, University of Tübingen. He is a member of the Center for Qualitative Psychology and is currently preparing his doctoral thesis (working title: Mastering the catastrophe: Humor in life, teaching, and education). His research interests are the Research Program Subjective Theories (German: "Forschungsprogramm Subjektive Theorien") and Vipassana-meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin as taught by S.N. GOENKA. He is in the half way through his training as a family therapist.

Silke-Birgitta Gahleitner, Alice-Salomon-Fachhochschule Berlin

Silke-Birgitta GAHLEITNER wrote her doctoral thesis on gender-specific modes of coping with sexual abuse at the Institute of Clinical Psychology of the Free University Berlin and is currently working as a lecturer at various universities and colleges in Berlin and as a psychotherapist at a residential institution for girls and young women. Her main areas of work are: psycho-social counseling, psychotraumatology and trauma therapy, gender research and qualitative research methods. Her present research project entitled "Gender-sensitive therapy and counseling approaches for the treatment of complex sexual traumatization—An exploratory study focusing on the client perspective" is currently being funded by the Berlin Program for Equal Opportunities for Women in Research and Education.




How to Cite

Gürtler, L., & Gahleitner, S.-B. (2004). Conference Report: Fourth Annual Meeting of Qualitative Psychology. "Areas of Qualitative Psychology—Special Focus on Design". Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(3).