Talking about talking: Interpersonal process recall as an intersubjective approach to research

Jane Macaskie, John Lees, Dawn Freshwater

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Research methods are often marked by inequalities between researcher and researched, maintained through dominant discourses that structure expectations of research. This study considers how therapeutic skills such as reflexivity can help to develop alternative discourses, raise awareness and challenge inequalities in research. An approach to the qualitative analysis of research interviews using interpersonal process recall (IPR) is outlined. By focusing attention on the dialogue and enabling researcher and research participant to review and explore their interaction reflexively, IPR offers an opportunity to understand interviews as intersubjective events. It thus facilitates the collaborative identification of processes and narratives as key moments for further analysis and increases awareness of the potential blurring of genres between therapeutic and research conversations. The contribution of IPR to an intersubjective lens and greater equality in research interviewing is discussed. Potential implications for both research and therapy practices are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-240
Number of pages15
JournalPsychodynamic Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2015
Externally publishedYes


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