The Future of the Q Methodology Movement

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Russell C. Hurd
Steven R. Brown


Concern about the future of Q methodology is examined by drawing a concourse
from contributions to the Q-Method electronic discussion list, N=40 of
which comprise a Q sample that is administered to n=42 participants,
resulting in four factors. Those on Factor A (Orthodoxy Upheld) express a
desire to maintain Stephenson's original conception of Q methodology
and are concerned about intellectual leadership. Members of Factor B
(Orthodoxy Applied and Promoted) are likewise supporters of the
Stephenson tradition, but wish to vouchsafe Q's future through practical
application to significant social issues and presenting the results in
professional (non-Q) settings. Those on Factor C (Orthodoxy Reinforced)
distinguish themselves from the previous two groups by virtue of their
demand for greater material and non-material resources in support of the
Q movement. The group on Factor D (Beyond Orthodoxy) expresses a desire
to break with the past and encourage Q's accommodation with
contemporary technical and conceptual developments, such as web-based Q
sorting and qualitative research. Discussion focuses on the implications
of these perspectives for the future of Q methodology.

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Hurd, R. C. ., & Brown, S. R. (2004). The Future of the Q Methodology Movement. Operant Subjectivity, 28(1/2). Retrieved from