Researcher-practitioner reflections: the therapeutic utility of the visually adapted repertory grid technique (VARGT) with stalkers

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Wheatley, R. and Kuss, D.J. 2020. Researcher-practitioner reflections: the therapeutic utility of the visually adapted repertory grid technique (VARGT) with stalkers. Journal of Forensic Practice. 22 (2), pp. 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1108/jfp-09-2019-0041
AuthorsWheatley, R. and Kuss, D.J.
Abstract

Purpose
This paper outlines researcher–practitioner reflections on the use of a visually adapted repertory grid technique (VARGT) with men convicted of stalking. It draws on and assimilates participant experiences of the VARGT as a research engagement tool. Further, it extends discussion to propose its value as a generic engagement tool for when personal insights and collaborative case formulations may otherwise be difficult to access.

Design/methodology/approach
The repertory grid technique, developed from Kelly’s Personal Construct Theory (1955), was adapted visually for utility in a mixed methods research study with those who commit stalking offences (Wheatley, in preparation). Analytical and reflexivity processes within this original study highlighted rich and recurrent data across the sample pertaining to the positive participant experience of the VARGT, unrelated to its core research question.

Findings
This paper presents reflections and psychological discussion for experiences of using the VARGT. Key features clustered around therapeutic alliance and engagement, enlightenment and a motivation for positive change.

Practical implications
This paper suggests the VARGT has value in participant–client engagement, particularly where sensitive topics are being investigated and participants have difficulty directly articulating their psychosocial functioning.

Originality/value
This novel technique offers potential as an engagement tool for use in research and clinical settings.

Keywordsstalkers; engagement ; therapeutic alliance
Year2020
JournalJournal of Forensic Practice
Journal citation22 (2), pp. 1-20
PublisherEmerald
ISSN2050-8794
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/jfp-09-2019-0041
Web address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JFP-09-2019-0041/full/html
https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39180/
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates25 Mar 2020
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Accepted2020
Deposited15 Jan 2024
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