Repertory grids (and, perhaps, related tools)

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I first discovered repertory grids, and then the Personal Construct Psychology of George Kelly when I was a clinical medical student.  That led to my meeting with Tom Caine, then ageing and as I remember it, pretty well hidden away in a back room in some terraced houses that were an extension of University College Hospital down the western side of Gower Street where he I think got on with doing what he liked and was very supportive of my interest.  I used grids to explore different perceptions of patients and the patients’ needs and priorities within a urology team for the elderly.  I can’t imagine a medical student being asked to, or having the time to, do something like that now.  What I remember was how clear it was that the doctors, the nurses and the other professionals involved clearly had very different perceptions and priorities and that that was clear even in simple analyses of the grids. Thinking back, I may have done those by hand because this would have been around 1980 and I didn’t have a computer until 1982 and wouldn’t have had much access to one either.

I never lost interest in grids or PCP and did manage to use them, or do work about them, very erratically between then and now (2019) and I’m hoping to do more about the area, probably from 2020, if I get there and have the time then!

Here, for the moment, are links to other ancient but pertinent things I did at various times.

  • First, my old page with a fair range of grid and PCP related things, sadly, most are now only of historical interest.  I’ll splice what isn’t in here later and perhaps reorganise that into something more readable and useful.
  • My SAS/IML program to do an INGRID style analysis of a repertory grid along the lines of the famous program written by the late Patrick Slater.  His name for the program came from “analysis of INdividual GRID data”.
  • Similar S+ program.  I did actually port that to R and have it as an interactive INGRID interface but it’s not working now.  I’ll see if I can see why it’s not.