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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Theory, Method and Research

Second Edition

December 2021 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is a qualitative research approach committed to the examination of how people make sense of their major life experiences. This text provides a detailed guide to conducting IPA research, presenting the theoretical underpinnings of the approach, a comprehensive overview of the stages of an IPA research project, and examples of high-quality IPA studies.

Extended worked examples from the authors' own studies in health, psychological distress, and identity illustrate the breadth and depth of IPA research, making this book the definitive guide to IPA for students and researchers alike.

New to this edition:

-          A thoroughly updated chapter dedicated to analysis

-          An exemplary mini-study

-          Improved and updated terminology

-          A chapter discussing innovations in design, data collection, and collaboration

'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

1. Introduction
2. The theoretical foundations of IPA
3. Planning an IPA research study
4. Collecting data
5. Analysis
6. Writing
7. Advanced designs and innovative approches
8. Connecting IPA with perspectives in the human sciences
9. Assessing validity and quality
10. Research Exemplar A: Health and illness
11. Research Exemplar B: Psychological distress
12. Research Exemplar C: Identity and life transitions
13. Conclusion and reflections on future developments

I have been using this book since it was published - recommending it to undergraduate and postgraduate students both as the definitive account of the IPA approach and as an accessible introduction to experiential qualitative research more broadly. The chapters on designing an IPA study, collecting and analysing data, and writing up an IPA study in particular are excellent...This book remains an invaluable addition to the toolkit of resources for teachers and students of qualitative research, and I thoroughly recommend it to both.

Victoria Clarke
University of the West of England
Psychology: Learning and Teaching, Volume 9, Number 1

Contemporary and seminal text on the method, which is essential for those utilising an IPA approach.

Tom Matthews
School of Medicine, Leeds University
November 16, 2023

Great explanation used for Masters students

Mrs Beverley Griffiths
Education, Buckinghamshire College Group
July 2, 2024

good resoures for researchers

Dr Ruth Hudson
School of Education, Staffordshire University
December 7, 2023

Excellent book. Updated version of the original with new terminology. Simple and accessible for students. A must for anyone studying IPA. It has been included as the key text book for our Research Methods module and on the reading list for a number of other modules including Critical Social Psychology, Introduction to and Developing Psychological Knowledge. It is also a key recommendation for dissertation students that are considering using IPA.

Miss Samantha Hughes
Psychology, Gloucestershire University
October 4, 2023

Seminal text on IPA. Well written

Dr Ben Looker
Institute of Education, Worcester University
December 6, 2022

An essential read for anyone choosing IPA as their methodology. Covers everything you could want to know

Mrs Angela Hodgkins
Institute of Education, Worcester University
August 3, 2022

Useful text for medical imaging qualitative research

Mr Gareth Bolton
Medical Imaging Sciences (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
August 19, 2022

useful for research methods module

Dr Richelle Duffy
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
October 27, 2022

This is a fantastic resources for both undergraduate and post graduate students trying their hands at IPA. The three chapters on designing an IPA study, collecting and analysing data, and writing up an IPA study serve as a step-by step guide for those using it for the first time and revisiting. Super.

Mrs Eleonora Teszenyi
Faculty of Education, The Open University
June 17, 2022

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