For many doctoral Candidates — perhaps especially those writing in the areas of body psychotherapy, psychoanalytic studies or human sexuality — the presentation of a multiple case study makes most sense. This is a method in which several “cases” are written up in a scholarly style (APA format, etc.) in order both to demonstrate the Candidate’s expertise and to illuminate a particular point (the “thesis” to be presented in the discussion section of the Doctoral Project).
The “cases” might be individuals (their clinical treatment or their life histories). For example, a Candidate might want to present clinical work with six or more clients who have suffered a particular form of sexual abuse as a child, or a Doctoral Project might consist on a report of interviews with several individuals sharing a particular characteristic (such as being raised with a twin who died). And so forth. One useful resource especially for body psychotherapists is to be found at:
which is available with kind consent of Courtenay Young of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy. Although focused on body psychotherapy, these guidelines (especially sections 3 to 7) are useful for consideration by anyone writing up case material (about psychoanalytic ideas, about phenomena in human sexuality, etc.)
The “cases” in multiple case research can also be programs or organizations. There is a very large literature in this area. The writings of Robert Stake provide a useful introduction.
[There are many useful books and other resources in this area, each Candidate needs to explore what is most relevant to her/him in the context of her/his project. The following are just a sampling or works that might be useful. Researchers, who have found other material that might be of particular use to the Parkmore Institute’s Doctoral Candidates, are invited to send details to the Director of Studies…so that this list may be expanded helpfully.]
Cole, A. L. & Knowles, J. G. (eds., 2001). Lives in context: The art of life history research. Oxford, UK:
Dhunpath, R. & Samuel, M. (eds., 2009). Life history research: Epistemology, methodology and
representation. Boston, MA: Sense.
Rosenberg, G. W. & Ochberg, R. L. (eds., 1992). Storied lives: The cultural politics of selfunderstanding.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Stake, R. E. (1995). The art of case study research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Stake, R. E. (2005). Multiple case study analysis. New York, NY: Guilford.