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A Psychosocial Approach to Analysing Interviews: Combining Free Association and Thematic Coding

By: Published: 2019 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Datasets Part 2

This dataset enables the learner to analyse interview data on the topic of ageing using a combination of thematic analysis and psychosocial free association. A thematic approach involves a considered process of careful reading and re-reading of the data, in order to identify patterns and themes in the data. A psychosocial critique of this thematic coding, however, suggests that this fragments and disconnects the data from its original context, and also misses out a more affective reading of the data. Therefore, this dataset shows the reader how to create themes, but also how to consider the data as a whole, emphasising the importance of reflecting upon the thoughts and feelings that are evoked when reading the transcripts. The data are extracted from a PhD project, by Dr Bethany Morgan Brett from The University of Essex, entitled “The Negotiation of Midlife: Exploring the Subjective Experience of Ageing.” The dataset comprises three interview extracts and a Student Guide to using them and a Teaching Guide.

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