Using a Visually Adapted Repertory Grid Technique (VARGT) with people who stalk

Wheatley, R., Winder, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-9118-679X and Kuss, D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X, 2020. Using a Visually Adapted Repertory Grid Technique (VARGT) with people who stalk. Journal of Forensic Practice. ISSN 2050-8794

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Purpose: This manuscript aims to provide instructions on how to implement an adapted version of the standard Repertory Grid Technique (the VARGT). The purpose of which is to provide practitioners with a tool which enables active engagement by participants in research and clinical practice. This tool has been utilised effectively with people convicted of stalking offences.

Approach: Repertory grids, developed from Kelly’s Personal Construct Theory (1955), had never been utilised with those who stalk, either clinically or in a research context. Visual and kinaesthetic adaptations were made to standard RGT procedures (see Grice, 2002; Tan and Hunter, 2002), for use in a mixed methods research study (see Wheatley, 2019, p. 77) due to expected challenges in engaging with this group. This manuscript presents theoretical underpinnings and step-by-step instructions for practical application.

Findings: The VARGT is easy to administer and produces rich data, in both qualitative and quantitative formats. This adapted approach encourages active participation and an interpreted therapeutic collaboration (see Wheatley, Winder, and Kuss, in press).

Originality/value: This novel technique has engaged men convicted of stalking offences collaboratively in research activities and showed potential for its use as a clinical tool. This instructional technical paper allows the technique to be replicated.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Forensic Practice
Creators: Wheatley, R., Winder, B. and Kuss, D.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 28 March 2020
ISSN: 2050-8794
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Feb 2020 10:55
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2020 10:48

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