Working with group-level data in phenomenological research: a modified visual matrix method

Darren Langdridge*, Jacqui Gabb, Jamie Lawson

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A common criticism of phenomenological methods has been that there is singular focus on individual experience at the cost of broader group level phenomena. In contrast, psychoanalytically informed psychosocial methods have continued to develop novel ways of exploring group level material. A notable recent methodology is the visual matrix method (Froggett, Manley & Roy 2015), an innovative methodological development that draws on ideas from social dreaming (Lawrence 2003, 2005). In this article, we describe the development and application of a group level existential-phenomenological method, inspired by the visual matrix method. In collaboration with a filmmaker, we produced a film series designed to engage the public with research findings on “enduring love.” The viewing experience was explored using a modified version of the visual matrix method. We discuss the value of this methodological development for research within the phenomenological tradition as well as potential tensions.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
Early online date1 Aug 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Aug 2018


  • existentialism
  • group-level data
  • phenomenology
  • public engagement
  • visual matrix method


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