Metasynthesis of case studies

Submitted by Jochem on Oct 12, 2021 in announcement

Metasynthesis of case studies

Metasynthesis is currently considered one of the most promising directions for qualitative research, as it can contribute to the generalizability of qualitative findings and increase their impact. This methodology can also be applied to case studies. Members of the SCA have recently published two papers using this methodology:

Krivzov, J., Hannon, D., & Meganck, R. (2021). Approaching psychotherapy case studies in a metasynthesis: Deficit vs. conflict in treatment of medically unexplained symptoms. In M. Borcsa & C. Willig (Eds.), Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health (pp. 37-63). Springer International Publishing.

Krivzov, J. Baert, F., Meganck, R., Cornelis, S. (2021). Interpersonal dynamics and therapeutic relationships in patients with functional somatic syndromes: a metasynthesis of case studies. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 68, 593-607.

Both papers contain large method sections in which the reader can find information about the epistemological background, the theory-building approach, the role of the Single Case Archive, the practical aspects of the data analysis procedure, and the limitations of case study metasynthesis.


On the basis of his experiences, Juri Krivzov has recorded three instruction videos on case study methodology and case study metasynthesis (see our Ressources page). The videos are being used to introduce psychology students to case study methodology, and to support them as they conduct a case study metasynthesis in the context of their MA dissertation.

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