Jesús Garcia-Martínez, José Manuel Domínguez-Urquiza, Rafael Guerrero-Gómez & Sara Pozo-Romero
University of Seville, Faculty of Psychology, Department of Personality, Spain

E-mail:jgm@us.es

 

USEFULNESS AND VALIDITY OF TEXTUAL AND CONTENT ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES:
QUAINT VS. TEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF DISCOURSE

 

The aim of the study is to clarify the nature and utility of different methods of narrative analysis so as to arrive at a strategic and useful use of them, as well as to articulate alternative forms of studying personal meanings. The study shows similarities and differences between two forms of analyzing self-narratives. One of them is a content analysis technique based on motivational and affective categories (QUAINT), the other is an hermeneutic procedure (textual analysis). The sample is composed of 21 persons, who wrote 9 micronarratives about relevant life episodes. Micronarratives are related with first memory, relevant episodes of infancy, adolescence and youth, last relevant memory, other significant memory. Furthermore, most relevant memories related to family, work and personal settings. Results inform about the reliability of methods (independent inter-judges rates), kinds and characteristic of the narrative analysis of each method, sensitivity of method to narrative information collected, and advantages and disadvantages of the methods.