Integrating Ministry and Psychotherapy
CHAPTER 8 - Consequences
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One of the aims of qualitative research is to find meanings, and part of that search involves looking at action: the reasons why an action was done, the effects it produced, and further outcomes following on from it in relation to its possible meaning for the person(s) involved (Charmaz 1995). Questions that could be useful in uncovering the meaning of action would be, why was this one chosen rather than another? What led up to it, and where did it lead to?
In grounded theory, action is interpreted as being aimed at responding to a phenomenon in specific circumstances. This action leads to strategies, which in turn lead to consequences, or outcomes. The consequences I will look at in this chapter are the outcomes that resulted from the strategies devised by the participants in response to the contextual and intervening conditions discussed in Chapter 6: society, ideology, church structures and practices, theology, pastoral experience, with the addition of personal matters.
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