Undertaking qualitative research in psychology can seem like a daunting and complex process, especially when it comes to selecting the most appropriate approach for your project or assignment. This book, written and edited by a world-leading group of academics and researchers, offers an accessible, critical and practical way into qualitative research in psychology. Each chapter provides a detailed, step-by-step guide to using a qualitative research method - from Conversation Analysis or Focus Groups to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis or Narrative Psychology. Whatever approach you choose to take, this book will ensure you get it right from the start.
New to this Third Edition:
A chapter on Thematic Analysis
A section on how to choose and select the most appropriate method for your project
Jonathan A. Smith is Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck University of London, UK where he leads the interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) research group. He has written many articles applying IPA to a range of areas in health, clinical and social psychology. He is co- author (with Paul Flowers and Michael Larkin) of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method and Research (Sage, 2009). He also has a wider interest in qualitative psychology generally and has co-edited a number of books in the area.
1. Introduction - Jonathan A. Smith 2. Conceptual foundations of qualitative psychology - Peter Ashworth 3. Interpretative phenomenological analysis - Jonathan A. Smith and Mike Osborn 4. Grounded theory - Kathy Charmaz 5. Narrative psychology - Michael Murray 6. Conversation analysis - Paul Drew 7. Discourse analysis - Carla Willig 8. Cooperative inquiry: an action research practice - Sarah Riley and Peter Reason 9. Focus groups - Sue Wilkinson 10. Thematic analysis - Victoria Clark, Virginia Braun, Nikki Hayfield 11. Choosing your approach - Michael Larkin 12. Demonstrating validity in qualitative psychology - Lucy Yardley