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Virginia Braun

Other affiliations: Loughborough University
Bio: Virginia Braun is a academic researcher at University of Auckland who has co-authored 113 publication(s) receiving 88715 citation(s). The author has an hindex of 38. Previous affiliations of Virginia Braun include Loughborough University. The author has done significant research in the topic(s): Thematic analysis & Human sexuality.

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1191/1478088706QP063OA
Virginia Braun1, Victoria Clarke2Institutions (2)
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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77,018 Citations


Open accessBook
22 Mar 2013-
Abstract: PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE FULL BOOK TEXT - PUBLISHER POLICY ONLY ALLOWS ACCESS TO AN EXTRACT OF THIS BOOK IN THE UWE BRISTOL RESEARCH REPOSITORY For Chapter 1: This chapter introduces qualitative research to a reader new to the area, and sets the scene for the rest of the book. It clearly specifies what defines qualitative research, and differentiates the use of a whole qualitative paradigm, or Big Q approach, with the more limited use of qualitative data within a more positivist paradigm. It contextualises qualitative research – within psychology – by providing a brief history of the approach, and by locating it within the learning-context of research degrees at many universities, where quantitative approaches tend to predominate. The chapter explores the question of what makes a good qualitative researcher by introducing the concept of a qualitative sensibility, and by outlining skills important in qualitative research, such as reflexivity, interactional ability, and a critical and inquiring mind. The chapter also introduces the authors and their perspectives on qualitative research. Finally, the chapter introduces the overall approach, organisation and structure of the book, and its specific and unique pedagogical features, including the companion website. The chapter is supported with a range of pedagogical features including annotated further reading, and chapter overviews and summaries. The companion website includes an interactive flashcard glossary of key terms for this chapter and self-test multiple choice questions for section 1: Successfully getting started in qualitative research.

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Topics: Qualitative research (54%), Qualitative property (54%), Glossary (51%)

3,691 Citations


Open accessJournal Article
01 Jan 2013-Psychologist
Abstract: With qualitative research methods an integral part of the psychology curriculum, questions arise of what approaches to teach, and how to teach them. We think thematic analysis (TA) offers a useful – and a relatively easy to teach and learn – basic introduction to qualitative analysis (see Braun & Clarke, 2006; 2012, 2013; Clarke & Braun, 2013); yet even teaching a fairly accessible approach like TA presents challenges in the classroom. Drawing on our experiences, and 38 responses from psychology students to a short qualitative survey on students’ experiences of qualitative and TA teaching, we explore some of the challenges of teaching TA to students new to qualitative research, and suggest strategies for overcoming these. Many of these are not specific to TA; they apply to teaching qualitative research more broadly, but we focus our discussion on TA.

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Topics: Thematic analysis (57%), Qualitative research (56%), Curriculum (50%)

1,144 Citations


Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2019.1628806
Virginia Braun1, Victoria Clarke2Institutions (2)
Abstract: Since initially writing on thematic analysis in 2006, the popularity of the method we outlined has exploded, the variety of TA approaches have expanded, and, not least, our thinking has developed a...

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1,116 Citations


Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3402/QHW.V9.26152
Virginia Braun1, Victoria Clarke2Institutions (2)
Abstract: The field of health and wellbeing scholarship has a strong tradition of qualitative research*and rightly so. Qualitative research offers rich and compelling insights into the real worlds, experiences, and perspectives of patients and health care professionals in ways that are completely different to, but also sometimes complimentary to, the knowledge we can obtain through quantitative methods. (Published: 16 October 2014) Citation: Int J Qualitative Stud Health Well-being 2014, 9 : 26152 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v9.26152

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Topics: Health care (56%), Thematic analysis (55%), Qualitative research (53%) ...read more

936 Citations


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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1191/1478088706QP063OA
Virginia Braun1, Victoria Clarke2Institutions (2)
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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77,018 Citations


Open accessBook
03 Jun 2009-
Abstract: Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is an increasingly popular approach to qualitative inquiry. This handy text covers its theoretical foundations and provides a detailed guide to conducting IPA research. Extended worked examples from the authors' own studies in health, sexuality, psychological distress and identity illustrate the breadth and depth of IPA research. Each of the chapters also offers a guide to other good exemplars of IPA research in the designated area. The final section of the book considers how IPA connects with other contemporary qualitative approaches like discourse and narrative analysis and how it addresses issues to do with validity. The book is written in an accessible style and will be extremely useful to students and researchers in psychology and related disciplines in the health and social sciences.

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6,626 Citations


Open accessJournal Article

5,269 Citations


Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1177/1609406917733847
Abstract: As qualitative research becomes increasingly recognized and valued, it is imperative that it is conducted in a rigorous and methodical manner to yield meaningful and useful results. To be accepted ...

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Topics: Thematic analysis (55%)

4,958 Citations


Book ChapterDOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139172141.008
01 Sep 1989-
Abstract: We may not be able to make you love reading, but archaeology of knowledge will lead you to love reading starting from now. Book is the window to open the new world. The world that you want is in the better stage and level. World will always guide you to even the prestige stage of the life. You know, this is some of how reading will give you the kindness. In this case, more books you read more knowledge you know, but it can mean also the bore is full.

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Topics: Material culture (72%)

4,861 Citations


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Author's H-index: 38

No. of papers from the Author in previous years
YearPapers
20219
20202
201911
20188
201713
20166

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Author's top 5 most impactful journals

Feminism & Psychology

17 papers, 303 citations

Qualitative Research in Psychology

7 papers, 77.4K citations

Sexualities

5 papers, 502 citations

Culture, Health & Sexuality

3 papers, 133 citations

Journal of Sex Research

3 papers, 215 citations

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