Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis Dissertation Abstracts

Maclean, Claire (2008) An interpretative phenomenological analysis of service users' perspectives and experiences of relapse in psychosis. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Background: Whilst quantitative research has provided a valuable understanding of the social and emotional impact of relapse of psychosis, it is also important to consider the complexity of individuals' experiences in relation to emotional, psychological and interpersonal adaptation following psychosis. Aims: In order to get closer to individuals' experiences of psychosis and relapse we need to develop an experiential based account. This qualitative research set out to develop an in-depth understanding of service users' perspectives and experiences of relapse in psychosis and the meanings they attach to these experiences. Method: Using a semi-structured interview seven participants were interviewed- 4 females and 3 males. The interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Results: Four emergent themes were identified and were labelled using participants' words: "You have no control over your life", "You come out running", "It's heart wrenching", and "Coming to terms with my experiences". Conclusions: For this group of participants the opportunity to come along and participate in a study about relapse became an opportunity to explore important experiences and meanings that have arisen in the context of their recovery from psychosis. The findings suggest that in order to support recovery it is important to identify how individuals construct and understand their experience of psychosis.

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McDermott, Laura (2016) An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the lived experience of suicidal behaviour. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Background: In Scotland, suicide prevention is a major public health challenge, with two people, on average, dying every day due to suicide. Any efforts to prevent suicide should be aided by research. Existing research on suicide is dominated by quantitative research that has largely focused on providing explanatory accounts of suicidal phenomena. Research providing rich and detailed accounts of suicidal behaviour among individuals who have directly experienced it is growing but remains relatively embryonic. This study sought to supplement existing understanding of attempted suicide specifically by exploring the processes, meaning and context of suicidal experiences among individuals with a history of attempted suicide. Methods: The study used a retrospective qualitative design with semi-structured in-depth interviews. Participants were patients (n=7) from a community mental health service in Glasgow, Scotland who had attempted suicide within the previous 12-month period. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and were analysed for recurrent themes using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Results: Three super-ordinate themes, each with inter-related sub-themes, emerged from the analysis. 1) “Intentions”: This theme explored different motives for suicide, including providing relief from upsetting feelings; a way of establishing control; and a means of communicating with others. 2) “The Suicidal Journey”: This theme explored how individuals’ thinking can change when they are suicidal, including feeling overwhelmed by a build-up of distress and a narrowing of their perspective. 3) “Suicidal Dissonance”: This theme explored how people can feel conflicted about suicide and can be fearful of the consequences of their suicidal behaviour. Conclusion: Participants’ accounts were dominated by experience of significant adversity and psychological suffering. These accounts provided valuable insights into the suicidal process, highlighting implications for clinical practice and future research.

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