Specific design features of an interpretative phenomenological analysis study

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Colleges, School and Institutes

Abstract

Aim This paper reports on an innovative use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) research methodology to enable an in depth study of the experiences of disengagement from mental health services of Black men with a diagnosis of severe and enduring mental illness. Background The aim of IPA is to explore the sense that participants make of their personal and social world, whilst at the same time recognizing the contribution of the researcher in interpreting the participant’s interpretation of their experience (Brooke & Horn, 2010). Methodology Seven Black male research participants were recruited to the study. The components of the study that contribute to the body of literature on IPA research design, include: an engagement stage to the research; a second clarifying interview; discussion of clarifying questions and emergent themes with two academic service-users and a post-interview meeting to discuss the themes emerging from the research study. Conclusion The four distinctive methodological developments within the study emphasise the flexibility of an IPA approach. These innovations assisted the researcher in developing a broader double hermeneutic that allowed reporting of the experiences of disengagement from mental health services for Black men with a diagnosis of severe and enduring mental illness.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Researcher
Volume21
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2014