The Scandinavian Society for Person-Oriented Research (SPOR)was founded in December, 2013.
The purpose of the Scandinavian Society for Person-Oriented Research (SPOR) is to promote person-oriented research in psychological science. “Person-oriented” refers to theoretical, methodological, and empirical research that is guided by a research paradigm in which the individual is seen as a functioning totality.
This paradigm implies that theories and findings should be interpretable at the individual level and that patterns of individuals’ characteristics are of key interest. Hence, a standard variable-oriented approach, with the variable as the basic conceptual and analytic unit, and analyzing data using group statistics (e.g. correlational analysis) falls normally outside the person-oriented research paradigm.
SPOR emphasizes the standard scientific criteria of objectivity and replicability of research findings.
THE PRIMARY FIELDS OF ACTIVITY FOR SPOR ARE
- To provide a forum and a clearinghouse for researchers engaged in person-oriented research
- To provide a publication outlet for person-oriented research by publishing the Journal for Person-Oriented Research
- To organize conferences and meetings that promote SPOR’s purpose
SPOR and the Journal for Person-Oriented Research (JPOR) are sponsored by the Lundh Research Foundation.
Membershipis open to anyone who is involved in doing person-oriented research (full membership) or who is interested in person-oriented research without actually being engaged in this kind of research (supportive membership).