Multiperspectival designs and processes in interpretative phenomenological analysis research

Larkin, M., Shaw, R. and Flowers, P. (2019) Multiperspectival designs and processes in interpretative phenomenological analysis research. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 16(23), pp. 182-198. (doi: 10.1080/14780887.2018.1540655)

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Researchers using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) within applied research typically use homogenous samples exploring shared perspectives on a single phenomenon of interest. This article explores the challenges and opportunities involved with developing rigorous and epistemologically coherent research designs for capturing more complex and systemic experiential phenomena, through the use of multiple perspectives to explore the same phenomenon. We outline a series of multiple perspective designs and analytic procedures that can be adapted and used across many diverse settings and populations. Whilst building upon existing approaches within qualitative methods and IPA, these designs and procedures are intended to scaffold clear routes to practical application, psychological intervention, the design of behaviour change interventions, and other recommendations for policy and practice. We discuss a variety of conceptual antecedents which situate these designs within phenomenology, pluralistic idiography, qualitative psychology, and wider debates within psychology and other social and behavioural sciences.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:ML was supported by a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (‘Pragmatic and Epistemic Role of Factually Erroneous Cognitions and Thoughts’; Grant Agreement 616358) for Project PERFECT (PI: Professor Lisa Bortolotti).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Flowers, Professor Paul
Authors: Larkin, M., Shaw, R., and Flowers, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Qualitative Research in Psychology
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1478-0895
Published Online:19 November 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Qualitative Research in Psychology 16(2): 182-198
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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