Exploring the felt sense of chronic ill-health:dialoguing between IPA, lifeworld theory and narrative inquiry to make sense of feelings and affect


We present a pluralist approach to analysing emotion and affect within subjective lived experience. We illustrate this by re-engaging with data about living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to more fully understand the felt sense of chronic ill health. Following Pierce, we engage in abductive reasoning to achieve this. The original data were generated using semi-structured interviews and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. This inductive, idiographic analysis was our starting point. We then engaged in a dialogue between theory and data to further explicate the felt sense. Using the phenomenological theory of lifeworld revealed the presence and significance of emotion throughout and revealed the co-existence of well-being and suffering within the felt sense of PD. A narrative-oriented inquiry examined in detail the narrative structure within the retelling of the diagnosis and coming to terms with PD. Emotion was embedded in the account and revealed the prevailing mood within the experience.

Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Qualitative Research in Psychology on 5 Nov 2018, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14780887.2018.1499839
Publication ISSN: 1478-0895
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2023 12:05
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2018 10:07
Full Text Link: 10.1080/14780887.2018.1499839
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2018-11-05
Published Online Date: 2018-11-05
Accepted Date: 2018-07-17
Authors: Shaw, Rachel L.
Smith, Laura J.
Hiles, David R.



Version: Accepted Version

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