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    Achieving excellence in interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA): four markers of high quality

    Nizza, Isabella and Farr, Joanna and Smith, Jonathan A. (2021) Achieving excellence in interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA): four markers of high quality. Qualitative Research in Psychology , ISSN 1478-0887.

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    Existing guidance on evaluating the quality of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) research has provided criteria to assess work as good, acceptable or unacceptable. Given that IPA has become a well-established member of the qualitative methods repertoire, we think it is valuable now to focus in much more detail on the particular qualities that are the hallmark of high quality IPA research. Here we present four such qualities which are discussed in detail and illustrated through the use of exemplars from excellent IPA work. The qualities are: constructing a compelling, unfolding narrative; developing a vigorous experiential and/or existential account; close analytic reading of participants' words; attending to convergence and divergence. Finally, the four qualities are briefly considered in relation to the theoretical underpinnings of IPA.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Jonathan Smith
    Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2021 10:08
    Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 00:10


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