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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Theory, Method and Research

Second Edition


December 2021 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is a qualitative research approach committed to the examination of how people make sense of their major life experiences. This text provides a detailed guide to conducting IPA research, presenting the theoretical underpinnings of the approach, a comprehensive overview of the stages of an IPA research project, and examples of high-quality IPA studies.

Extended worked examples from the authors' own studies in health, psychological distress, and identity illustrate the breadth and depth of IPA research, making this book the definitive guide to IPA for students and researchers alike.

New to this edition:

-          A thoroughly updated chapter dedicated to analysis

-          An exemplary mini-study

-          Improved and updated terminology

-          A chapter discussing innovations in design, data collection, and collaboration

'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

 
1. Introduction
 
2. The theoretical foundations of IPA
 
3. Planning an IPA research study
 
4. Collecting data
 
5. Analysis
 
6. Writing
 
7. Advanced designs and innovative approches
 
8. Connecting IPA with perspectives in the Human Sciences
 
9. Assessing validity and quality
 
IPA Research
 
10. Research Exemplar A: Health and illness
 
11. Research Exemplar B: Psychological distress
 
12. Research Exemplar C: Identity and Life transitions
 
13. 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.

Victoria Clarke
University of the West of England
Psychology: Learning and Teaching, Volume 9, Number 1

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