Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Theory, Method and Research



© 2009 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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'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

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


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

This is an excellent text for those wishing to use IPA for research. For my MSc students, who most often use quantitative methods, this is my go to text for learning about IPA. This book is critical for those who are conducting an experience based qualitative independent study.

Dr Stephanie Archer
Centre for patient safety and service quality, Imperial College of London
June 26, 2015

Recommend for students doing IPA

Dr Elizabeth Spruin
Psychology, Politics and Sociology , Canterbury Christ Church University
June 4, 2015

Too complex for student's level of research

Mark Hammond
Community Work, Ulster University
May 29, 2015

For instructors

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