Using Text-Analysis Computer Software and Thematic Analysis on the Same Qualitative Data: A Case Example

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The acceptance and application of qualitative methods has been steadily increasing, and recent advances in computer analytic software programs have produced a rapidly evolving landscape of new methods and analytic tools. However, discussions regarding the use of these new computer-based methods alongside traditional qualitative methods remain sparse. The aim of this article is to present an example of using quantitative text analysis software, the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count program, alongside a traditional qualitative method, thematic analysis. Data included 46 transcribed life-narratives shared by individuals with schizophrenia. We present findings from both analyses and offer an example of a method that combines these 2 approaches. Results and examples provided are discussed in light of the potential to strengthen analyses by using these methods collaboratively.

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