An important step in any Q-methodological study is the identification of the concourse and the development of the Q set. Inspired by the writings of William Stephenson (1953) and Steven Brown (1980) about the development of the Q set, we illustrate how two different approaches to Q sampling, naturalistic and theoretical, may be combined. We draw on examples from a Q study scrutinizing adolescents’ subjective viewpoints about collaboration and participation in interprofessional teams. The example is used to illustrate how naturalistic and theoretical approaches to Q sampling may be combined in the same research design. The Concourse Box is introduced as a new tool to help visualize these joint contributions.

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Keywords adolescents, concourse, Concourse Box, Q sampling, theoretical sampling, naturalistic sampling
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Journal Operant Subjectivity
Siv Elin Nord Sæbjørnsen, Ingunn T. Ellingsen, James M.M. Good, & Atle Ødegård. (2016). Combining a Naturalistic and Theoretical Q Sample Approach: An Empirical Research Illustration. Operant Subjectivity, 38(2), 15–32. doi:10.15133/j.os.2016.005