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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Theory, Method and Research

June 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

This book presents a comprehensive guide to interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) which is an increasingly popular approach to qualitative inquiry taught to undergraduate and postgraduate students today.

The first chapter outlines the theoretical foundations for IPA. It discusses phenomenology, hermeneutics, and idiography and how they have been taken up by IPA. The next four chapters provide detailed, step by step guidelines to conducting IPA research: study design, data collection and interviewing, data analysis, and writing up. In the next section, the authors give extended worked examples from their own studies in health, sexuality, psychological distress, and identity to illustrate the breadth and depth of IPA research. Each of these 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 book is a really useful for getting to grips with IPA. Though few students choose this type of analysis within the programme.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Education, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
May 26, 2020

This book is a fantastic handbook into the world of IPA from the origins to the practicalities of use. A really informative well written read, ideal for research students writing a dissertation and using this methodology

Mrs Marie Clancy
Faculty of Health City South Campus, Birmingham City University
May 18, 2020

Useful text on a specific method

Dr Peter Gossman
Education, Worcester University
August 19, 2019

This is a clear and informative guide to IPA which is particularly relevant to researchers completing a professional doctorate using IPA methodology.

Dr Will Shield
Graduate School of Education, Exeter University
June 13, 2019

Really easy to understand as an intro to phenomenology and gives great guidance on the process required.

Mr Dean McShane
Health & Social Care (Warrington), Chester University
May 17, 2019

An excellent, clear and authoritative introduction to IPA.

Dr Louise Campbell
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
May 7, 2019

A useful book for research skills in qualitative analysis.

Linda Homan
Faculty Of Health And Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University
March 6, 2019

an excellent informative book for both novice and experienced researchers

Mrs erica clough
School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University
November 27, 2018

An excellent text, providing detailed theory and history of IPA

Valeria Fletcher
School of Health & Wellbeing, Leeds Beckett University
November 27, 2018

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Seven