Conference Report: The BPS Annual Conference 2004


  • Irina Roncaglia Sybil Elgar School, National Autistic Society



positive psychology, transition, play therapy, autism, grounded theory, qualitative methods and ageing


In this article I will review four papers presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference held this year in London held over a 3 day period. The Conference included a variety of scientific presentations and discussions through symposia, roundtable discussions, single papers and poster sessions. Although numerous papers took an experimental approach, few applied any type of qualitative methodology. The topics covered within the different psychological disciplines spanned from early childhood through old age; I have chosen four papers that covered a life course perspective and took into consideration clinical issues as well. The first paper discusses a grounded theory approach used to analyse a play therapy session between therapist and child. The second review reports some recent findings in the way the brains of people on the autistic spectrum disorder might function. The third paper discusses positive psychology and how such an emerging movement has influenced new research in the field. The last paper reviewed will discuss the issue of the ageing process, and I will present some arguments related to the useful application of qualitative methodologies within this area of research. In conclusion, I will highlight some personal reflections on the Conference and the need for a greater balance between qualitative and quantitative methodologies to be used in collaboration rather than as antagonists. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0402176


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Author Biography

Irina Roncaglia, Sybil Elgar School, National Autistic Society

Irina RONCALIA is an Assistant Psychologist at the Sybil Elgar School (National Autistic Society), where she works with young adults with autism. She has published in Psych-Talk (SMG) for the British Psychological Society 2002, 2003, 2004. RONCAGLIA currently is researching the retirement experience among ballet dancers through a Life Course perspective with the University of London, Birkbeck. RONCAGLIA herself retired from a professional dancing career. Her interests are in the arts, philosophy and, of course, dance.




How to Cite

Roncaglia, I. (2004). Conference Report: The BPS Annual Conference 2004. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(2).