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Doing reflexive thematic analysis

Braun, Virginia; Clarke, Victoria; Hayfield, Nikki; Davey, Louise; Jenkinson, Elizabeth

Authors

Virginia Braun

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Dr Victoria Clarke Victoria.Clarke@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Qualitative & Critical Psychology

Louise Davey



Contributors

Sofie Bager-Charleson
Editor

Alistair McBeath
Editor

Abstract

This chapter presents the essentials of conceptualising, designing and doing reflexive Thematic Analysis (TA), in counselling and psychotherapy. The authors contextualise TA as a family of methods, with some quite radically different approaches, ranging theoretically from ‘scientifically descriptive’ to ‘artfully interpretative’. After outlining key design and conceptual considerations for TA research, they describe the practice of reflexive TA, detailing a six-phase approach, illustrated with reference to our example study of living with alopecia. Throughout, the authors discuss the value of researcher subjectivity and practicing reflexivity, and encourage readers to strive to be a thoughtful, engaged, knowing researcher for quality reflexive TA.

Citation

Braun, V., Clarke, V., Hayfield, N., Davey, L., & Jenkinson, E. (2023). Doing reflexive thematic analysis. In S. Bager-Charleson, & A. McBeath (Eds.), Supporting Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Research (19-38). (2nd). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-13942-0_2

Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2022
Online Publication Date Jan 24, 2023
Publication Date Jan 24, 2023
Deposit Date Jan 31, 2023
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 19-38
Edition 2nd
Book Title Supporting Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Research
ISBN 9783031139413
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-13942-0_2
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/10395558
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-13942-0_2
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