8. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in Mental Health and Psychotherapy Research

  1. David Harper2 and
  2. Andrew R. Thompson3
  1. Michael Larkin1 and
  2. Andrew R. Thompson3

Published Online: 28 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119973249.ch8

Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners

Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners

How to Cite

Larkin, M. and Thompson, A. R. (2011) Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in Mental Health and Psychotherapy Research, in Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners (eds D. Harper and A. R. Thompson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119973249.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of East London (UEL), UK

  2. 3

    University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Birmingham's, UK

  2. 3

    University of Sheffield, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470663738

Online ISBN: 9781119973249

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Keywords:

  • methods, interpretative phenomenological analysis - in mental health and psychotherapy research;
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) - qualitative analysis, psychological interest;
  • idiography and hermeneutic phenomenology - key conceptual touchstones for IPA;
  • IPA, interpretative (aka hermeneutic) phenomenological epistemology;
  • samples in IPA, homogeneous - participants, understanding the topic at hand;
  • IPA, and verbatim transcript - first-person account;
  • reflection on one's own preconceptions - ‘free’ or ‘open’ coding;
  • IPA studies, and knowledge - in mental health field;
  • systemic or multi-perspectival designs - future development of IPA, mental health

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Description of the Method

  • Origins and Influences

  • Epistemological Assumptions

  • What Kind of Research Questions Suit IPA?

  • What Kind of Data is Appropriate for IPA?

  • How Can IPA Involve Service Users and People from the Research Population Under Study?

  • A Step-by-Step Approach to Using IPA

  • Quality Issues

  • How Might Studies Using This Method Relate to the Development of Mental Health Policy?

  • Future Directions

  • References