Multiperspectival designs and processes in interpretative phenomenological analysis research

Larkin, Michael, Shaw, Rachel and Flowers, Paul (2018). Multiperspectival designs and processes in interpretative phenomenological analysis research. Qualitative Research in Psychology ,


Researchers using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) within applied research typically use homogenous samples exploring shared perspectives on a single phenomenon of interest. This article explores the challenges and opportunities involved with developing rigorous and epistemologically coherent research designs for capturing more complex and systemic experiential phenomena, through the use of multiple perspectives to explore the same phenomenon. We outline a series of multiple perspective designs and analytic procedures that can be adapted and used across many diverse settings and populations. Whilst building upon existing approaches within qualitative methods and IPA, these designs and procedures are intended to scaffold clear routes to practical application, psychological intervention, the design of behaviour change interventions, and other recommendations for policy and practice. We discuss a variety of conceptual antecedents which situate these designs within phenomenology, pluralistic idiography, qualitative psychology, and wider debates within psychology and other social and behavioural sciences.

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Divisions: Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Applied Health Research Group
Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way
Uncontrolled Keywords: Impact,IPA,methodology,multiple-perspectives,systemic,Psychology(all)
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Accepted Date: 2018-06-15
Published Online Date: 2018-11-19
Authors: Larkin, Michael ( 0000-0003-3304-7000)
Shaw, Rachel ( 0000-0002-0438-7666)
Flowers, Paul



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