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

'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

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

This is an excellent, comprehensive and user friendly text book for those who are considering IPA as a research methodology, as well as those who are supporting students in its application.

Ms Jill Cochrane
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
May 1, 2015

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

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