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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method and Research / Edition 1
     

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method and Research / Edition 1

by Jonathan A Smith
 

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ISBN-10: 1412908345

ISBN-13: 9781412908344

Pub. Date: 06/03/2009

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This book presents a comprehensive guide to interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), an increasingly popular approach to qualitative inquiry and a method of growing impact in research.

The first chapter outlines the theoretical foundations for IPA. It discusses phenomenology, hermeneutics and idiography and how they have been taken up by IPA. The next four

Overview

This book presents a comprehensive guide to interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), an increasingly popular approach to qualitative inquiry and a method of growing impact in research.

The first chapter outlines the theoretical foundations for IPA. It discusses phenomenology, hermeneutics and idiography and how they have been taken up by IPA. The next four chapters provide detailed, step-by-step guidelines to conducting IPA research: study design, data collection and interviewing, data analysis, and writing up. In the next section of the book, the authors give extended worked examples from their own studies in health, sexuality, psychological distress and identity to illustrate the breadth and depth of IPA research. Each of these chapters also offers a guide to other good exemplars of IPA research in the designated area. The final section of the book considers how IPA connects with other contemporary qualitative approaches like discourse and narrative analysis and how it addresses issues to do with validity.

The book is written in an accessible style and will be extremely useful to undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers in psychology and related disciplines in the health and social sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412908344
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/03/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
587,923
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

Section A Doing IPA: Theory and Method 9

2 The theoretical foundations of IPA 11

3 Planning an IPA research study 40

4 Collecting data 56

5 Analysis 79

6 Writing 108

Section B IPA Research 119

7 Health and illness 121

8 Sex and sexuality 135

9 Psychological distress 147

10 Life transitions and identity 163

Section C Current Issues for IPA 177

11 Assessing validity 179

12 The relationship between IPA and other approaches 186

13 Conclusion and reflections on future developments 203

References 207

Index 218

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