American Chestnut (Castanea dentata). This beautiful tree is almost extinct but is now being revived using methods of modern genetics. This symbolizes the revival of the old holistic person-oriented approach by applying modern scientific standards and new statistical tools.

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Journal for Person-Oriented Research

considers all manuscripts that make us of person-oriented methods, or are relevant to person-oriented theory, on the strict condition that they have not been published elsewhere, and are not under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. All such contributions will be subjected to review by referees at the discretion of the Editorial Office.

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.


  • 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.


is 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).



How can person-oriented research contribute to the healthy growth of psychological science?