Using thematic analysis in psychology

Braun, V. and Clarke, V. (2006) Using thematic analysis in psychology. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3 (2). pp. 77-101. ISSN 1478-0887

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/1478088706qp063oa

Abstract

Thematic analysis is a poorly demarcated, rarely-acknowledged, yet widely-used qualitative analytic method within psychology. In this paper, we argue that it offers an accessible and theoretically-flexible approach to analysing qualitative data. We outline what thematic analysis is, locating it in relation to other qualitative analytic methods that search for themes or patterns, and in relation to different epistemological and ontological positions. We then provide clear guidelines to those wanting to start thematic analysis, or conduct it in a more deliberate and rigorous way, and consider potential pitfalls in conducting thematic analysis. Finally, we outline the disadvantages and advantages of thematic analysis. We conclude by advocating thematic analysis as a useful and flexible method for qualitative research in and beyond psychology.

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Additional Information:This is an electronic version of an article published in "Braun, Virginia and Clarke, Victoria (2006) Using thematic analysis in psychology. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3 (2). pp. 77-101". Qualitative Research in Psychology is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a795127197~frm=titlelink.
Uncontrolled Keywords:thematic analysis, qualitative psychology, patterns, epistemology, flexibility
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:11735
Deposited By: Dr V. Clarke
Deposited On:23 Nov 2010 12:03
Last Modified:29 May 2014 14:16

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