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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Theory, Method and Research

May 2009 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'It is not often I can use "accessible" and "phenomenology" in the same sentence, but reading the new book, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis…certainly provides me the occasion to do so. I can say this because these authors provide an engaging and clear introduction to a relatively new analytical approach' - The Weekly Qualitative Report

Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is an increasingly popular approach to qualitative inquiry. This handy text covers its theoretical foundations and provides a detailed guide to conducting IPA research.

Extended worked examples from the authors' own studies in health, sexuality, psychological distress and identity illustrate the breadth and depth of IPA research.

Each of the 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 students and researchers in psychology and related disciplines in the health and social sciences.

PART ONE: DOING IPA: Theory and Method
The Theoretical Foundations of IPA
Planning an IPA Research Study
Collecting Data
Writing up
Health and Illness
Sex and Sexuality
Psychological Distress
Life Transitions and Identity
Assessing Validity
The Relationship between IPA and Other Approaches
Conclusion and Reflections on Future Developments

I highly recommend this book! This text clearly and concisely details the IPA process and is particularly useful for complete beginners as well as experienced researchers.

Miss Syreeta Charles-Cole
School of Education, Theology & Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham
June 30, 2018

Excellent research method and book . Clearly written and can help you through a method that is often hard to understand. Used for my own research at Phd level and students degree level

Ms Carol Lloyd
Childhood Studies and Psychology co (Bishop Otter), Chichester University
September 10, 2017

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis provides a thought provoking and accessible resource for any student or practitioner who wants to engage with this stimulating method of analysis.

Dr David Matthews
Institure of Health and Wellbeing, Coleg Llandrillo
April 15, 2017

This is an excellent text for introducing students to IPA. The use of real examples throughout helps to support teaching of this method to students. Particularly useful for teaching advanced qualitative methods.

Dr Janine Coates
School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University
October 24, 2016

I think that this is an exciting new methodology for management students studying for a doctorate or a masters qualification.

Lesley Mearns
Faculty of Business and Law, Sunderland University
August 8, 2016

If IPA if your chosen approach for research this is an essential resource. It is also particularly helpful when critiquing research which has utilised an IPA approach.

Thelma Lackey
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brighton University
June 14, 2016

An easy to understand book on IPA research.

Mrs Susan Simpson
Scarborough Campus, Hull University
February 28, 2016

Useful text for students who want to understand the principles and practice of IPA.

Dr Sarah Kendal
School of Human & Health Sciences, Huddersfield University
February 10, 2016

An essential book for qualitative researchers: takes you comprehensively through the uses and structure of IPA.

Mrs Ruth Parkes
School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
December 9, 2015

Excellent book, detailed and covers theory and practice in appropriate detail for postgraduate students. Highly recommended.

Ms Vicky du-Caine
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
September 24, 2015

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