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Grounded Theory

Julianne S. Oktay


Grounded Theory (GT) is one of the oldest and most often used forms of qualitative research. Unlike other methods, GT is used to develop theory. Grounded Theory has great potential for social work because in order to conduct theory-based practice, social workers need middle-range theories that are neither highly abstract nor difficult to apply in real life. Social work and Grounded Theory focus on the interaction of individual and society. GT studies can provide theories about how individuals navigate their surroundings that can be tested in social work practice and, ultimately, be used to gui ... More

Keywords: grounded Theory, qualitative research, social work, GT studies, mixed-method, synthesis, review board issues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199753697
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753697.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julianne S. Oktay, author
University of Maryland