Theme-Analysis: Procedures and Application for Psychotherapy Research

Augustine Meier, Micheline Boivin, Molisa Meier
2008 Qualitative Research in Psychology  
Theme-Analysis is an innovative research method that combines both a qualitative and quantitative dimension in the study of the psychotherapy change process by developing thematic categories from psychotherapy sessions and tracking change on these categories across sessions using a measure of change. This article presents the factors that influenced the development of Theme-Analysis, the definition and types of themes, and the method used to measure change on the themes. It then summarizes the
more » ... hen summarizes the four operations of Theme-Analysis which include unitizing transcripts of psychotherapy sessions, developing themes, identifying targets of the themes, and measuring change on the themes across the sessions. This is followed by the procedures to develop a themehierarchy and to select themes for study and by the formats by which to present the data. The initial research findings demonstrate that Theme-Analysis has the potency to extract the deeper underlying variables in human conditions such as overcoming depression and striving to be one's own person.
doi:10.1080/14780880802070526 fatcat:avk7oj2pb5dmrmscpv7dxlzgz4