This book provides an accessible comprehensive exploration of phenomenological theory and research methods and is geared specifically to the needs of therapists and other health care professionals. * An accessible exploration of an increasingly popular qualitative research methodology * Explains phenomenological concepts and how they are applied to different stages of the research process and to topics relevant to therapy practice * Provides practical examples throughout
Linda Finlay is a freelance Consultant offering training and mentorship on how to apply qualitative research in health care. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, she also teaches psychology and writes with the Open University. Her books include Groupwork in Occupational Therapy (1993), The Practice of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy (3rd edition, 2004), Qualitative Research for Health Professionals: Challenging Choices (ed. with C. Ballinger, Wiley Publishers, 2006), and Relational-Centred Research for Psychotherapists (with K. Evans, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
About the Author vii Preface ix Part I The Phenomenological Project: Concepts, Theory and Philosophy 1 Introduction to Part I 3 1 Phenomenology: Bridging the Practice Research Divide? 5 2 The Phenomenological Project 15 3 The Body in Lived Experience 29 4 Philosophical Foundations 43 5 The 'Phenomenological Attitude' 73 Part II Phenomenological Research Approaches 85 Introduction to Part II 87 6 Descriptive Empirical Phenomenology 93 7 Hermeneutic Phenomenology 109 8 Lifeworld Approaches 125 9 Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis 139 10 First-Person Approaches 149 11 Reflexive-Relational Approaches 159 Part III PhenomenologicalMethods in Practice 177 Introduction to Part III 179 12 Planning the Research 181 13 Gathering Data 197 14 Relational Ethics 217 15 The Process of Analysing Data 227 16 Producing the Research 247 17 Evaluating Research 261 Appendix 273 References 275 Index 295