A meta-methodology to enhance pluralist qualitative research: One man’s use of socio-sexual media and midlife adjustment to HIV

Madill, A., Flowers, P. , Frost, N. and Locke, A. (2018) A meta-methodology to enhance pluralist qualitative research: One man’s use of socio-sexual media and midlife adjustment to HIV. Psychology and Health, 33(10), pp. 1209-1228. (doi:10.1080/08870446.2018.1475670) (PMID:29974810)

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Abstract

Aim: Our aim is to offer and illustrate a novel meta-methodology to enhance the rigour of method selection and understanding of results in pluralist qualitative research (PQR). Method: To do so, we make innovative use of articulation of four discrete dimensions characterising different forms of thematic analysis. We provide secondary analyses of an interview from the Social Media, Men who have Sex with Men and Sexual Health project using critical discursive psychology, dialogical analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis and psychosocial narrative analysis. Results: All four methods identified aspects of three central foci: Compartmentalisation, Detachment and Jouissance. Conclusion: We discuss how our proposed meta-methodology provides a rationale for the selection of methods in a PQR, offer evidence that it can anticipate the relative similarity in focus of the methods employed, and argue that our meta-methodology reveals the possibility of identifying an ‘axial’ or ‘hub’ method of a PQR which might be particularly fruitful in exploring commonalities and differences in results. Finally, we examine the synergies and challenges of combining pairs of the methods we used.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Data collection and transcription was funded by a grant from National Health Service Lanarkshire, commissioned on behalf of Lanarkshire BBV Networks.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Flowers, Professor Paul
Authors: Madill, A., Flowers, P., Frost, N., and Locke, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Psychology and Health
Publisher:Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
ISSN:0887-0446
ISSN (Online):1476-8321
Published Online:05 July 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Fancis Group
First Published:First published in Psychology and Health 33(10):1209-1228
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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