Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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
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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Seven

'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 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

This is a key text that defines and describes the philosophy, theory and practice of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). For postgraduate students in health research methods training keen to use IPA in their doctoral studies or for experienced researchers wanting to gain new qualitative research skills, Smith, Flowers and Larkin offer a clear, instructive account. Highly recommended.

Dr Amanda Bingley
Division of Health Research , Lancaster University
August 23, 2015

The counselling psychology students are encouraged to conduct research using qualitative research methods. When students choose IPA, this book is essential for them to read and follow from the start of the research idea right through to publication.

Dr Helen Nicholas
Psychology Department, Worcester University
July 8, 2015

A lovely text introducing the concept of IPA, in particular the way in which the text is divided into four sections makes it easy to digest.

Mrs Karen Eaton-thomas
School of Psychology, University of Wales, Trinity St David
July 6, 2015

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