Exploring the felt sense of chronic ill-health: dialoguing between IPA, lifeworld theory and narrative inquiry to make sense of feelings and affect

Rachel L. Shaw*, Laura J. Smith, David R. Hiles

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Abstract

We present a pluralist approach to analysing emotion and affect within subjective lived experience. We illustrate this by re-engaging with data about living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to more fully understand the felt sense of chronic ill health. Following Pierce, we engage in abductive reasoning to achieve this. The original data were generated using semi-structured interviews and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. This inductive, idiographic analysis was our starting point. We then engaged in a dialogue between theory and data to further explicate the felt sense. Using the phenomenological theory of lifeworld revealed the presence and significance of emotion throughout and revealed the co-existence of well-being and suffering within the felt sense of PD. A narrative-oriented inquiry examined in detail the narrative structure within the retelling of the diagnosis and coming to terms with PD. Emotion was embedded in the account and revealed the prevailing mood within the experience.

Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
Early online date5 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Nov 2018

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Qualitative Research in Psychology on 5 Nov 2018, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14780887.2018.1499839

Keywords

  • affect
  • chronic illness
  • emotion
  • narrative
  • phenomenology

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