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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Theory, Method and Research



© 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
 
Analysis
 
Writing up
 
PART TWO: IPA RESEARCH
 
Health and Illness
 
Sex and Sexuality
 
Psychological Distress
 
Life Transitions and Identity
 
PART THREE: CURRENT ISSUES FOR IPA
 
Assessing Validity
 
The Relationship between IPA and Other Approaches
 
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' -
Psychology: Learning and Teaching, Volume 9, Number 1


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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