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    A longitudinal interpretative phenomenological analysis of the process of kidney recipients’ resolution of complex ambiguities within relationships with their living donors

    Spiers, Johanna and Smith, Jonathan A. and Drage, M. (2015) A longitudinal interpretative phenomenological analysis of the process of kidney recipients’ resolution of complex ambiguities within relationships with their living donors. Journal of Health Psychology 21 (11), pp. 2600-2611. ISSN 1359-1053.

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    Abstract

    Much previous research into living kidney donation has focused on the decision making of the donor, despite evidence suggesting this may be a more psychologically challenging time for the recipient. This longitudinal study explores the experiences of four recipients of kidneys from living donors throughout the transplant process. Transcripts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Three themes arose from the data, which were: Changing perceptions of relationships with kidney donors; Upbeat, temporal strategies for remaining positive; and Journey of the self. Findings from the first theme are presented in detail here. It was found that each participants’ relationship with their donor grew and developed in different ways, presenting their own complex challenges in terms of developing relationships and ambiguity around the decision to use the chosen donor.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): illness, interpretative phenomenological analysis, kidney, organ transplant, qualitative methods
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Jonathan A Smith
    Date Deposited: 05 May 2015 08:41
    Last Modified: 24 Jan 2017 12:50
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12022

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