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An introduction to grid-based methods

Chapter


Abstract


  • In 1961, George Kelly delivered a paper titled "A mathematical approach to

    psychology" to the Moscow Psychological Society (cited in Maher, 1988). In

    this paper Kelly argued that the concept of a personal construct (a concept

    that is central in his theory) could be viewed as a mathematical entity. He

    argued that people dealt with the events and experiences in their world

    through a system of "dichotomous differentiating and integrating" units or

    personal constructs (cited in Maher, 1988, p. 1 04). It is this bipolar feature of

    constructs that provides them with their mathematical nature. Moreover,

    Kelly argued that these discriminating and integrating dichotomies are the

    fundamental components of a personal psychological geometry. Kelly's use

    of the term "geometry" and his position on the mathematical "qualities" of

    personal constructs is deliberate. He believed that the complexities and

    subtleties of these personal psychological geometries could be "captured"

    and investigated in some systematic way. To meet this aim, Kelly developed

    the role construct repertory test, a technique that evolved into the repertory

    grid, as it is now known. This chapter serves as an introduction to the

    repertory grid and other grid-based methods that have emerged in the

    Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) literature. The chapter begins with a

    brief discussion of a repertory grid. It then describes the various forms of

    grids and response scales associated with various grid forms or types and

    concludes with a section on some considerations for analyses of grid forms.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Caputi, P. (2012). An introduction to grid-based methods. In P. Caputi, L. L. Viney, B. M. Walker & N. Crittenden (Eds.), Personal Construct Methodology (pp. 149-158). United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780470770870

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84888676607

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/144

Book Title


  • Personal Construct Methodology

Start Page


  • 149

End Page


  • 158

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • In 1961, George Kelly delivered a paper titled "A mathematical approach to

    psychology" to the Moscow Psychological Society (cited in Maher, 1988). In

    this paper Kelly argued that the concept of a personal construct (a concept

    that is central in his theory) could be viewed as a mathematical entity. He

    argued that people dealt with the events and experiences in their world

    through a system of "dichotomous differentiating and integrating" units or

    personal constructs (cited in Maher, 1988, p. 1 04). It is this bipolar feature of

    constructs that provides them with their mathematical nature. Moreover,

    Kelly argued that these discriminating and integrating dichotomies are the

    fundamental components of a personal psychological geometry. Kelly's use

    of the term "geometry" and his position on the mathematical "qualities" of

    personal constructs is deliberate. He believed that the complexities and

    subtleties of these personal psychological geometries could be "captured"

    and investigated in some systematic way. To meet this aim, Kelly developed

    the role construct repertory test, a technique that evolved into the repertory

    grid, as it is now known. This chapter serves as an introduction to the

    repertory grid and other grid-based methods that have emerged in the

    Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) literature. The chapter begins with a

    brief discussion of a repertory grid. It then describes the various forms of

    grids and response scales associated with various grid forms or types and

    concludes with a section on some considerations for analyses of grid forms.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Caputi, P. (2012). An introduction to grid-based methods. In P. Caputi, L. L. Viney, B. M. Walker & N. Crittenden (Eds.), Personal Construct Methodology (pp. 149-158). United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780470770870

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84888676607

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/144

Book Title


  • Personal Construct Methodology

Start Page


  • 149

End Page


  • 158

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom