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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method and Research


Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method and Research

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    Jonathan Smith(Author) Paul Flowers(Author) Michael Larkin(Author)
'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.

'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

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  • By Clare on 25 March 2017

    This book has really helped me through my undergrad dissertation. Finally a book that clearly and concisely explains IPA. I'm a complete beginner regarding qualitative research so this may be an overly simplistic read for those with greater research knowledge and experience, however for undergrad students who want to learn about the topic, I'd highly recommend it!

  • By Guest on 22 December 2016

    Ideal read to help me understand IPA and for the more seasoned researcher. Advise reading threw and then nipping in and out for what you need.

  • By Guest on 7 July 2017

    This book is really informative and helpful for those using IPA for research.

  • By JofA on 21 May 2017

    I'm currently using this book as a guide for my dissertation for an MSc, has excellent practical advice

  • By dave brough on 28 August 2017

    great read and good structure , i am enjoying reading it .it feels good

  • By CW on 3 August 2010

    This book offers a detailed overview of the theoretical background of IPA together with a clear step by step guide of using IPA in research. There are also examples of good quality IPA studies and critical evaluations of the IPA methodology. An essential guide for anyone unfamiliar with IPA but wishing to conduct an IPA study, whether this be for undergraduate study or established researchers.

  • By Barbara C on 20 July 2009

    This book is one of the most useful I have come across. I am a PhD student and, as such, do an awful lot of reading around this particular method of data analysis, as it is the one I am using. The first part deals with theoretical foundations and methodology, the second illustrates actual examples and the third part is around issues of validity and quality, with a reference to future issues. Of particular interest is Chapter 5, which takes us through a step by step analytic process, without becoming too prescriptive or limiting innovation and creativity. To be recommended.

  • By ian mcintosh on 21 January 2017

    Not great. This book and it's 'method' are utterly and deservedly demolished by John Paley in 'Phenomenology as Qualitative Research'. I would read the relevant chapter in that book first then decide if you want to bother with this one. I wouldn't if I was you.

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