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A critical evaluation of the use of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) in health psychology

Brocki, Joanna and Wearden, Alison (2006) A critical evaluation of the use of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) in health psychology. Psychology and Health, 21 (1). pp. 87-108. ISSN 0887-0446

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Abstract

With the burgeoning use of qualitative methods in health research, criteria for judging their value
become increasingly necessary. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is a distinctive
approach to conducting qualitative research being used with increasing frequency in published
studies. A systematic literature review was undertaken to identify published papers in the area of health psychology employing IPA. A total of 52 articles are reviewed here in terms of the
following: methods of data collection, sampling, assessing wider applicability of research and
adherence to the theoretical foundations and procedures of IPA. IPA seems applicable and useful
in a wide variety of research topics. The lack of attention sometimes afforded to the interpretative
facet of the approach is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article (authored by Dr Brooks under her maiden name of Brocki) is included in 2014 as part of a five volume collection published by Sage, using classic papers from the last 25 years to document key principles, orientations and virtues, and drawing on more recent papers to delineate current trends, innovations, and debates in qualitative research in psychology http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/24591/
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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Depositing User: Joanna Brooks
Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 13:53
Last Modified: 19 May 2015 13:20
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/10368

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