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A Thematic Analysis Of Friendship

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A Thematic Analysis Of FriendshipAbstractThe entire study will revolve around the qualitative techniques and the research design by the psychologists. The research topic is entirely based on the subject matter of friendship and the data obtained for this research is by using the primary methods. The main topic was more highlighted by conducting an interview with a person named Trevor who was once an instructor of a fitness center and met a lot of people of different mentality during that time. Trevor very well discussed and gave his valuable views on friendship. On the other hand, it was also noticed that he was thrown out of his duty when he became sick and at that point of time he made a lot offriends where some were genuine others were not. The specific method used for thisstudy is qualitative in nature and known as the thematic analysis. It has been also found out from this study that there are different kinds of friends. The vital conclusionthat can be drawn from this research is friendship has different faces and all of the friends are not same. Some friends are like family while others are not. The analysis found in friendship there are different types of friends. The main theme which was eminent in the entire interview was the theme of emotions within which there lied several sub-themes like happiness within friendship, upsetting friendships and controlling of emotions within friendships. The main conclusion drawn this research study friendship has different facets and not all friends are the same.Research questionIt has been already mentioned that obtaining qualitative data is quite time-consumingand also it needs to be ethically approved so the data is already provided by the college. It has been also observed that there are overall 5 interviews in total but only one form needs to be analyzed. For this study, the Trevor form of interview is taken into account. However, the data that is collected for this study is completely based on the Interpretative Phenomenological analysis (IPA). The interview questions are mainly for encouraging the ongoing participants to reflect and discuss the meaning and experience of friendship. The nature of friendship is identified as thematic analysis of friendship.
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The research questions for this particular case study are as follows: Why is friendship important for Trevor? And is he happy to talk about friendship? What friendship in general means to everyone? What does it mean to be friends with someone who is just opposite or likeminded? State some of the real-life experiences that highlight the complete meaning of friendship? How the interviewees met their friends? What is the nature of friendship in general? Does physical distance affect a true friendship? Does quarreling necessary in friendship? Data collection method In this particular study, the data that has been analyzed was collected completely byinterviewing one individual among the other three. The name of the interviewee was Trevor. The study is completely between the two individuals namely the interviewer and the interviewee. However, the interviewee Trevor was an instructor in a fitness center for the council. It has been observed that in the fitness center Trevor met and had a conversation with a lot of people. At present, it has been also noticed that Trevor is not at all working as an instructor because he is lacking the abilities of an instructor presently. Trevor is not very old but somehow he will be reaching to the oldage soon and semi-structured interview method is used for this study for obtaining the necessary data. It can be said that this specific method was chosen over the other methods because it is quite interactive in nature for getting a lot of information in a correct manner. On the other hand, in this particular research method clarification can be made at any point of time with regards to any type of information. Furthermore, an interviewer has all the rights revolving around getting additional information with regards to the areas of interest. The interviewee was fit for this specific interview because he has traveled to a lot of places and also his age was quite appropriate for the interview (Crowley, 2010). Before starting this interviewee Trevor was briefed about the interview by the interviewer. It was made sure that he feels quite free so that the information that can be obtained from him remains unbiased in nature. Moreover, it has been also observed greatly that Trevor was chosen for this interview because he has also gained a considerable amount of experience in terms of people he met and had friends as friendship was the main subject matter for this interview. This particular report uses the analysis that is thematic in nature where the qualitative data is judged completely. On the other hand, the thematic analysis is one of the strongest methods that are used for a large
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variety of research works. There are also some of the important examples that suggest that it has been greatly used in the research synthesis. The term thematic synthesis is accepted as a method that is translated for analyzing the primary research that is primarily regarded as thematic for using in the thematic examination (Willig, 2008).Method of analysis The interviewee made it clear to the interviewer that friendship generally has many faces and individual experiences a lot during the friendship. It has been also closely observed and witnessed that there are a lot of emotions that are closely attached with a friendship that can be both bad as well as good emotions. It can be also said that emotions play a vital role in the subject matter of friendship. Furthermore, in a friendship that matters the most is the relationship that is maintained with one another. Throwing light on the above-mentioned discussion it can be very well statedthat all of the friendships are not same in nature and each and every friendship goes through a tough phase where their friendship is itself tested. There are some of the people with whom an individual feels good in the friendship while there are other people with whom friendship generally is a bitter experience. In both of the cases, anindividual tends to learn something (Smith, Flowers and Larkin, 2009). It has been closely witnessed in the interview that the interviewee namely Trevor acknowledges that there are a large variety of friendships, for instance, some friends are more like a family while some individuals are only meant for going to clubs, and parties. There is a huge difference between the two of the people that are mentioned in the above statement. Then there are also some of the friends or the so call friends he stated where the individual will not be free enough to do some of the stuff. Furthermore, Trevor also elaborated that to some people an individual will be more open to sharing their life while with the other people the individual will give partial details with regards to what exactly is going on in their life. Arguably, an individual also creates alot of time for the people who they as their real friends and they tend to spend hardly any time with the people who are not their real friends.
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