, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 431-442
Date: 13 Aug 2007

Issues Encountered in a Qualitative Secondary Analysis of Help-Seeking in the Prodrome to Psychosis

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Abstract

Primary data are rarely used explicitly as a source of data outside of the original research purpose for which they were collected. As a result, qualitative secondary analysis (QSA) has been described as an “invisible enterprise” for which there is a “notable silence” amongst the qualitative research community. In this paper, we report on the methodological implications of conducting a secondary analysis of qualitative data focusing on parents’ narratives of help-seeking activities in the prodrome to psychosis. We review the literature on QSA, highlighting the main characteristics of the approach, and discuss issues and challenges encountered in conducting a secondary analysis. We conclude with some thoughts on the implications for conducting a QSA in children’s mental health services and research.