"Trapped under a tonne of rubble": using LEGO to explore conceptual metaphors of psychological stress.

Authors: Wezyk, A., Turner-Cobb, J. and Arden-Close, E.

Journal: Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin

Volume: 30

Pages: 40-50

Abstract:

Qualitative research methods have recently gained substantial ground in psychology. However, creative methods of data collection are still underused. Here we share our experiences of using LEGO® as a visual qualitative methodology to elicit metaphors of psychological stress. We highlight the value of this method through showcasing some examples of a research project that used LEGO® in a workshop to enable in-depth exploration about the lay conceptualisation of stress. LEGO® is an excellent tool for externalising and communicating thoughts about abstract concepts such as stress and coping. It is easy to use, attractive to participants and provides opportunities for sharing experiences and having fun. From the researcher’s perspective, LEGO® enables collection of enriched data which can shed new light on the research topic. It can be a useful visual methodological tool for enhancing and empowering qualitative researchers in many areas of psychology

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/35418/

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‘Trapped under a tonne of rubble’: Using LEGO® to explore conceptual metaphors of psychological stress

Authors: Wezyk, A., Turner-Cobb, J. and Arden-Close, E.

Journal: Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin

Volume: 30

Pages: 40-50

ISSN: 2044-0820

Abstract:

Qualitative research methods have recently gained substantial ground in psychology. However, creative methods of data collection are still underused. Here we share our experiences of using LEGO® as a visual qualitative methodology to elicit metaphors of psychological stress. We highlight the value of this method through showcasing some examples of a research project that used LEGO® in a workshop to enable in-depth exploration about the lay conceptualisation of stress. LEGO® is an excellent tool for externalising and communicating thoughts about abstract concepts such as stress and coping. It is easy to use, attractive to participants and provides opportunities for sharing experiences and having fun. From the researcher’s perspective, LEGO® enables collection of enriched data which can shed new light on the research topic. It can be a useful visual methodological tool for enhancing and empowering qualitative researchers in many areas of psychology

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/35418/

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