Coding, constant comparisons, and core categories: a worked example for novice constructivist grounded theorists

Tracey Giles, Sheryl de Lacey, Eimear Muir-Cochrane

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    Abstract

    Grounded theory method has been described extensively in the literature. Yet, the varying processes portrayed can be confusing for novice grounded theorists. This article provides a worked example of the data analysis phase of a constructivist grounded theory study that examined family presence during resuscitation in acute health care settings. Core grounded theory methods are exemplified, including initial and focused coding, constant comparative analysis, memo writing, theoretical sampling, and theoretical saturation. The article traces the construction of the core category "Conditional Permission" from initial and focused codes, subcategories, and properties, through to its position in the final substantive grounded theory.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)E29-E44
    Number of pages16
    JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
    Volume39
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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