Exploring lived experience

Reid, K. , Flowers, P. and Larkin, M. (2005) Exploring lived experience. Psychologist, 18(1), pp. 20-23.

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Understanding experience is the very bread and butter of psychology, and interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA: Smith, 1996) offers psychologists the opportunity to learn from the insights of the experts – research participants themselves. What is it like to experience auditory hallucinations, or chronic pain, for example? How can we better understand the decisions that people make, about issues as diverse as safe-sex practices, genetic testing, drug use or participation in dangerous sports? In this article we describe the recent development of IPA and show how it can help answer such questions.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Reid, Dr Kate and Flowers, Professor Paul
Authors: Reid, K., Flowers, P., and Larkin, M.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Psychologist

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