Charlotte Jane Whiffin
Challenges and solutions during analysis in a longitudinal narrative case study
Whiffin, Charlotte Jane; Bailey, Christopher; Ellis-Hill, Caroline; Jarrett, Nikki
Christopher Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org
To describe the challenges faced by those performing complex qualitative analysis during a narrative study and to offer solutions.
Qualitative research requires rigorous analysis. However, novice researchers often struggle to identify appropriately robust analytical procedures that will move them from their transcripts to their final findings. The lack of clear and detailed accounts in the literature that consider narrative analysis and how to address some of the common challenges researchers face add to this problem.
A longitudinal narrative case study exploring the personal and familial changes reported by uninjured family members during the first year of another family member’s traumatic brain injury. Review methods. This is a methodological paper.
The challenges of analysis included: conceptualising analysis; demonstrating the relationship between the different analytical layers and the final research findings; interpreting the data in a way that reflected the priorities of a narrative approach; and managing large quantities of data. The solutions explored were: the mapping of analytic intentions; aligning analysis and interpretation with the conceptual framework; and the use of matrices to store and manage quotes, codes and reflections.
Working with qualitative data can be daunting for novice researchers. Ensuring rigorous, transparent, and auditable data analysis procedures can further constrain the interpretive aspect of analysis. Implications for research/practice. The solutions offered in this paper should help novice researchers to manage and work with their data, assisting them to develop the confidence to be more intuitive and creative in their research.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Mar 27, 2014|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Whiffin, C. J., Bailey, C., Ellis-Hill, C., & Jarrett, N. (2014). Challenges and solutions during analysis in a longitudinal narrative case study. Nurse Researcher, 21(4), doi:10.7748/nr2014.03.21.4.20.e1238|
|Copyright Statement||Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf|
|Additional Information||Accepted version text: for published version go to :
Whiffin C, Bailey C, Ellis-Hill C, Jarrett N (2014) Challenges and solutions during analysis in a
longitudinal narrative case study. Nurse Researcher. 21, 4, 20-26.
Whiffin et al, 2014.pdf
Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
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