Worlds within worlds: a strategy for using interpretative phenomenological analysis with focus groups

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621847
Title:
Worlds within worlds: a strategy for using interpretative phenomenological analysis with focus groups
Authors:
Phillips, Eleanor; Montague, Jane; Archer, Stephanie
Abstract:
There is increasing interest in applying interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to focus group data and in developing appropriate strategies for doing so. These strategies should exploit the unique features of focus groups, which provide a rich canvas of experiences not seen in individual interviews, while remaining true to the personal, phenomenological perspective of IPA. We present a four-stage approach with specific group focused analytical strategies: looking for “groupness,” clustering reoccurring group interactions, identifying interactional relationships, and incorporating group elements into an analysis. These stages are illustrated with worked examples developed while working with data from focus groups of women with gynaecological cancer discussing a yoga intervention, and explain how these can enrich our understanding of participants’ lived experiences. This approach demonstrates a suggested framework for developing IPA themes from focus group data by analysing and interpreting the group setting. We discuss links to psychological concepts, potential applications and limitations. This empirically based methodology is presented as a practical guide for other researchers grappling with this type of data.
Affiliation:
University of Derby; Imperial College London
Citation:
Philips, E. et al (2016) 'Worlds within worlds: a strategy for using interpretative phenomenological analysis with focus groups', Qualitative Research in Psychology, 13 (4):289.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Qualitative Research in Psychology
Issue Date:
29-Jun-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621847
DOI:
10.1080/14780887.2016.1205692
Additional Links:
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14780887.2016.1205692
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
14780887
EISSN:
14780895
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Psychological Research

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, Eleanoren
dc.contributor.authorMontague, Janeen
dc.contributor.authorArcher, Stephanieen
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-11T08:48:31Z-
dc.date.available2017-09-11T08:48:31Z-
dc.date.issued2016-06-29-
dc.identifier.citationPhilips, E. et al (2016) 'Worlds within worlds: a strategy for using interpretative phenomenological analysis with focus groups', Qualitative Research in Psychology, 13 (4):289.en
dc.identifier.issn14780887-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14780887.2016.1205692-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/621847-
dc.description.abstractThere is increasing interest in applying interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to focus group data and in developing appropriate strategies for doing so. These strategies should exploit the unique features of focus groups, which provide a rich canvas of experiences not seen in individual interviews, while remaining true to the personal, phenomenological perspective of IPA. We present a four-stage approach with specific group focused analytical strategies: looking for “groupness,” clustering reoccurring group interactions, identifying interactional relationships, and incorporating group elements into an analysis. These stages are illustrated with worked examples developed while working with data from focus groups of women with gynaecological cancer discussing a yoga intervention, and explain how these can enrich our understanding of participants’ lived experiences. This approach demonstrates a suggested framework for developing IPA themes from focus group data by analysing and interpreting the group setting. We discuss links to psychological concepts, potential applications and limitations. This empirically based methodology is presented as a practical guide for other researchers grappling with this type of data.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14780887.2016.1205692en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Qualitative Research in Psychologyen
dc.subjectExperientialen
dc.subjectFocus groupsen
dc.subjectGynaecological canceren
dc.subjectInterpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)en
dc.subjectPart-whole relationshipsen
dc.subjectQualitative analysis methodsen
dc.subjectYogaen
dc.titleWorlds within worlds: a strategy for using interpretative phenomenological analysis with focus groupsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn14780895-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentImperial College Londonen
dc.identifier.journalQualitative Research in Psychologyen
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