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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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CASSIANI, Silvia Helena De Bortoli; CALIRI, Maria Helena Larcher  and  PELA, Nilza Teresa Rotter. Grounded theory as an approach of interpretative research. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 1996, vol.4, n.3, pp. 75-88. ISSN 1518-8345.

Interpretative research comprehends studies on qualitative methodology and inductive research. According to Lowenberg's classification (1994), grounded theory is a type of interpretative research situated as a variant of symbolic interaction. The purpose of the present study was to discuss grounded theory as a methodological reference, presenting it and indicating its method. The following stages were presented: collection of empirical data, proceedings of data codification or analysis; open coding, axial coding or concept modification and integration and theory delimitation. The studies of CALIRI (1994) and CASSIANI (1994) exemplified the utilization of this methodological reference. Finally, authors visualized grounded theory as an useful reference of analysis, providing means and orienting, through its stages, the researcher aiming at using it.

Keywords : qualitative research; grounded theory.

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