Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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core definition

A grid is a two-way inventory that is usually used in psychological research in which individuals are asked about the relation between concepts.

explanatory context

The object of this kind of research is to see to which of a number of concepts, situations, people etc. the subject (being studied) applies certain other concepts.

Thus one might want to know which people in the subject's life he or she describes as good and bad, happy and unhappy, honest and dishonest.

Repertory Grid

The repertory grid method was devised by construct theorist George Kelly for determining what personality dimensions are important to a person. Subjects have to decide in what important way two specific people known to them (e.g., wife/husband and ex-girl/boy friend) are alike and different from a third person. This usually reveals a personality dimension salient to the person. The grid that results, consisting of people along the top and personality dimensions (constructs) down the side can then be completed by the subject. Since Kelly, other psychologists have made many modifications to the basic procedures.

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