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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Theory, Method and Research

Second Edition

December 2021 | 240 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
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

A clear and accurate guide to IPA which is increasingly popular with postgraduate researchers.

Dr Rebecca Kerry O'Rourke
Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, Leeds University
February 15, 2023

Perfect! The best book for teaching IPA

Dr Antonina Pereira
Department of Psychology and Counselling, Chichester University
March 7, 2022

The 1st edition has been a sort of 'holy writ' in my students' (and my) work with IPA - an invaluable resource.
This second edition is likely to be no different. I think the significant changes / additions are these:
The quality measures chapter - very helpful in the contested area of 'quality' in qualitative research;
The introduction of the PET and GET terms as part of the analysis process; and
The extension of the use of examples of exemplary research.
I think this text is a good addition to our resources and I've asked for umpteen copies to be purchased by our library.

Dr Richard Parker
Education,Communication & Language Sciences, Newcastle University
March 16, 2022

key text for the curriculum

Dr Jan Fish
School of Health Sciences, University of Suffolk
December 15, 2021

Students found it very easy to understand. It is therefore one of the essential materials.

Dr Omololu Fagbadebo
Faculty of Management Sciences, Durban University of Technology
May 20, 2023

Really useful new edition

Dr Stephen Dixon
Department of Education, Newman University
February 18, 2022

This is an excellent text that I would recommend to any student considering using an IPA methodology. It is a very accessible publication and the second edition is packed full of both theory and practice (and some new terminology).

Mr Dave Carr
Education, Sheffield Hallam University
February 18, 2022

Jonathan A. Smith, DPhil

Jonathan A. Smith is Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck University of London, UK where he leads the interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) research group. He has written many articles applying IPA to a range of areas in health, clinical and social psychology. He is co- author (with Paul Flowers and Michael Larkin) of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method and Research (Sage, 2009). He also has a wider interest in qualitative psychology generally and has co-edited a number of books in the area. More About Author

Paul Flowers

Michael Larkin

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