On Systematizing Theory-Building Case Studies


  • Peter E. Nathan




systematizing case studies, “logical operations”, induction, deduction, abduction, Assimilation model


Bill Stiles wants to enhance the reliability and the utility of theory-building case studies. To do so, he proposes a systematic, replicable approach to clinical case materials that to date has been difficult to use systematically. At the core of his proposal is what he calls “logical operations,” which include some familiar elements of logic: deduction, induction, and abduction. While not without problems in concept and execution, Stiles’ proposal offers those who want to use theory-building case studies in their own work the prospect of an empirically-based analytic tool in a field that has not to this time had one.

Author Biography

Peter E. Nathan

Dan Fishman, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief, Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy Professor of Clinical and Organizational Psychology Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Rutgers University Mailing address: 57 Jaffray Court Irvington, NY 10533 914-693-8549 fax: 603-917-2567 email: dfish96198@aol.com




How to Cite

Nathan, P. E. (2009). On Systematizing Theory-Building Case Studies. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 5(3), 80–89. https://doi.org/10.14713/pcsp.v5i3.978