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Qualitative story completion: Possibilities and potential pitfalls

Braun, Virginia; Clarke, Victoria; Frith, Hannah; Hayfield, Nikki; Malson, Helen; Moller, Naomi; Shah-Beckley, Iduna


Virginia Braun

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Dr Victoria Clarke
Associate Professor in Qualitative & Critical Psychology

Hannah Frith

Naomi Moller

Iduna Shah-Beckley


© 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Virginia Braun, Victoria Clarke, Hannah Frith, Nikki Hayfield, Helen Malson, Naomi Moller, and Iduna Shah-Beckley came together at the University of the West of England (UWE) in July 2017 to discuss and share their enthusiasm for the story completion method. Virginia nominally “led” the discussion to keep us on track. This is a transcript of the discussion, edited by the Special Issue editors, principally Hannah Frith, which we have all read and commented on. The discussion begins with the contributors introducing themselves and their experience of the story completion method. It then identifies a series of “knotty issues” about story completion which we explored: 1) what can stories tell us?; 2) research practicalities, comparative design, and sample size; 3) what happens when story completion doesn’t go to plan?; and 4) getting published. The conversation ends by considering “future possibilities for story completion research.” Our aim was not to reach consensus of definitive “answers” but to debate and gain perspective on an open issue. Hence, we reach no “conclusion” for any of these issues.


Braun, V., Clarke, V., Frith, H., Hayfield, N., Malson, H., Moller, N., & Shah-Beckley, I. (2019). Qualitative story completion: Possibilities and potential pitfalls. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 16(1), 136-155.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 11, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 15, 2018
Publication Date Jan 2, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 12, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 26, 2019
Journal Qualitative Research in Psychology
Print ISSN 1478-0887
Electronic ISSN 1478-0895
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
Pages 136-155
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Psychology on 15th November 2018, available online:


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