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  • Writer's pictureNatalia Braun, MSc

Our study of personal experiences with dance at London IPA group meeting

Our research on the influence of dance on embodied self-awareness and well-being was conducted using qualitative research method of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) rooted in phenomenology, hermeneutics and idiography. IPA is aimed at exploring personal lived experience of a phenomenon from the perspective of those who went through this experience, and is often applied to complex health-related topics with a lot of feelings involved. I'm pleased to present our study at the next meeting of the London IPA group on October 14 and exchange with the colleagues from the vivid international IPA community about our research and this very creative, sensitive and reflective idiographic method. IPA puts personal lived experience, often neglected in research, at the heart of it. This is one of its precious contributions to mental health: it allows taking personal lived experience seriously and being heard.

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