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Application of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis methodology in psychotherapy impact research: Experience of psychotherapy of a person with Multiple Sclerosis

Fragkiadaki, Eva; Triliva, Sofia; Anagnostopoulos, Fotios

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Authors

Eva Fragkiadaki Eva.Fragkiadaki@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology

Sofia Triliva

Fotios Anagnostopoulos



Abstract

Psychotherapy's impact and effectiveness have been explored through the use of quantitative research methods such as standardised inventories and scales measuring mainly behavioural and overt aspects of the psychotherapeutic encounter and symptom reduction. Nonetheless, change in psychotherapy is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon, requiring open-ended investigation to reveal the beneficial factors that are part of the process. This paper will demonstrate how Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) can be applied in studying the psychotherapy process's favorable aspects from the client's perspective. We argue that IPA’s epistemological underpinnings and methods for collecting and analysing data can contribute to the study of psychotherapy's impact. A case of a woman confronting the challenges of multiple sclerosis and illness symptomatology by undergoing psychodynamic psychotherapy is presented and analysed drawing on IPA guidelines.

Citation

Fragkiadaki, E., Triliva, S., & Anagnostopoulos, F. (2021). Application of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis methodology in psychotherapy impact research: Experience of psychotherapy of a person with Multiple Sclerosis. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin, Spring 2021(31),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 20, 2020
Publication Date Apr 1, 2021
Deposit Date Oct 1, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 7, 2020
Journal Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin
Print ISSN 2044-0820
Publisher British Psychological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume Spring 2021
Issue 31
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6738134
Publisher URL https://shop.bps.org.uk/qmip-bulletin-issue-31-spring-2021

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