Specific design features of an interpretative phenomenological analysis study

Christopher Wagstaff*, Bob Williams

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Abstract

Aim: Report of an innovative use of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to enable an in-depth study of the experiences of disengagement from mental health services of black men with diagnoses of severe and enduring mental illness. Background: The aim of IPA is to explore the sense that participants make of their personal and social worlds, while recognising the contribution of the researcher in interpreting the participants' interpretations of their experiences. Review methods: 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 in 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. Discussion: The paper focuses on the contribution of the four specific design features of the study and how these enabled the researcher to engage with a population that is often deemed 'hard to reach'. Conclusion: The four distinctive methodological developments in the study emphasise the flexibility of IPA. These innovations assisted the researcher in developing a broader double hermeneutic that enabled reporting of the experiences of disengagement from mental health services of black men with diagnoses of severe and enduring mental illness. Implications for research/practice: The distinctive design of this study further emphasises the flexibility of IPA, while simultaneously showing fidelity to the core principles underlying the research methodology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalNurse researcher
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Black men
  • Disengagement
  • Interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • Research design
  • Severe mental health problems

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