Research is a vital and often daunting component of many counselling and psychotherapy courses. As well as completing their own research projects, trainees across modalities must understand the research in the field – what it tells them and how to do it. Breaking down this seemingly mountainous task into easy to swallow pieces, this book will navigate your students through each stage of the research process, from choosing a research question, through the pros and cons of different methods, to data analysis and writing up their findings. Written by leading contributors from the field including John McLeod, Mick Cooper and Tim Bond, each chapter features points for reflection, engaging activities and suggestions for further reading, helping students to engage with all aspects of research. An original graphic narrative runs throughout the book, bringing this complex topic to life in a unique way. Whether embarking on research for the first time or already a little familiar with research and research methods, this unique guide is something counselling and psychotherapy students will turn to continually throughout their research projects.

How to use thematic analysis with interview data

How to use thematic analysis with interview data

How to use thematic analysis with interview data
Virginia Braun(University of Auckland)Victoria ClarkeNicola Rance(both UWE Bristol)


This chapter introduces you to thematic analysis (TA), one of the many methods of analysis for qualitative research. TA is an ideal method for researchers new to qualitative research because it is one of the most accessible qualitative analytic methods and it involves procedures that are common to most forms of qualitative analysis (another accessible method is Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA); Smith, Flowers & Larkin, 2009). It also offers great flexibility to the qualitative researcher, as we discuss further below.

Qualitative research, like all research, begins with a research question. In contrast to quantitative research, in which the research question is determined at ...

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