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Collective findings, individual interpretations: an illustration of a pluralistic approach to qualitative data analysis

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  • Nollaig Frost
  • Amanda Holt
  • Pnina Shinebourne
  • Cigdem Esin
  • Sevasti-Melissa Nolas
  • Leila Mehdizadeh
  • Belinda Brooks-Gordon
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2011
<mark>Journal</mark>Qualitative Research in Psychology
Issue number1
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)93-113
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The establishment of qualitative approaches in the mainstream of psychology research facilitates innovation in their use, both singly and in combination. In this article, we describe a pluralistic qualitative analysis of the transcript of a semi-structured interview on the topic of second-time motherhood using Grounded Theory, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Narrative Analysis, and Foucauldian Discourse Analysis. Each approach encapsulates different epistemological assumptions and is employed by a different analyst. We present key collective findings and the different interpretations of these findings by each analyst. We discuss how a pluralistic qualitative approach to data analysis can aid the quest to “know more” about a phenomenon by providing a more holistic, multilayered understanding of data that works across epistemologies.