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Thematic analysis

Braun, Virginia; Clarke, Victoria; Terry, Gareth

Authors

Virginia Braun

Gareth Terry



Contributors

Poul Rohleder
Editor

Antonia Lyons
Editor

Abstract

Thematic analysis (TA) is a method for identifying, analysing and interpreting patterned meanings or ‘themes’ in qualitative data. In this chapter we outline our approach to TA (Braun & Clarke, 2006, 2012, 2013) and demonstrate core processes of coding and theme development using worked examples from our study of sexual health professionals’ views on impediments to sexual health in Aotearoa/New Zealand ([A/NZ], Terry, Braun & Farvid, 2012). First we consider the historical development of TA, and the proliferation of different approaches to TA, then outline the hallmarks of our approach to TA: its unique status as a method, rather than a methodology, and its theoretical flexibility.

Publication Date Oct 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title Qualitative Research in Clinical and Health Psychology
ISBN 9781137291073
APA6 Citation Braun, V., Clarke, V., & Terry, G. (2014). Thematic analysis. In A. Lyons, & P. Rohleder (Eds.), Qualitative Research in Clinical and Health PsychologyPalgrave MacMillan
Keywords thematic analysis
Publisher URL http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/qualitative-research-in-clinical-and-health-psychology-poul-rohleder/?isb=9781137291073
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