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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
Journal publication date2011
JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
Journal number1
Volume8
Number of pages21
Pages93-113
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

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.