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Jonathan A. Smith, Maria Jarman & Mike Osborn

In: Qualitative Health Psychology: Theories and Methods

Chapter 14: Doing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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Doing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Doing interpretative phenomenological analysis
Jonathan A.Smith, MariaJarman and MikeOsborn

This chapter introduces one particular form of qualitative analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) and takes the reader through the stages of conducting studies employing IPA, with illustrations taken from the authors’ own research in health psychology.1 The main aim is to provide the reader with detailed descriptions of the analytic process, and therefore the theoretical orienting material is kept to a minimum. Readers interested in knowing more about the theoretical underpinning and rationale of IPA are referred to Smith (1996). After a brief introduction, the bulk of the chapter is taken up with two extended examples of IPA in practice. In the first, an idiographic, case-study approach is outlined, where the analysis slowly builds ...

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