Advancing phenomenological research: Applications of "body schema," "body image," and "affordances" in neglect

Marianne E. Klinke*, Björn Thorsteinsson, Helga Jónsdóttir

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In this article, we review the latest trends of data collection methods in phenomenological nursing studies. Subsequently, by using a philosophical analysis, mainly inspired by Merleau-Ponty's embodied phenomenology and a case construction of an individual with hemi-spatial neglect - a common disorder following stroke - we explore the concepts "body schema," "body image," and "affordances." Applying these concepts helps to illuminate the temporal, spatial, and perceptual world of people encountering discrepancy between perception and reality because of disease - a discrepancy seen in hemi-spatial neglect. Concepts to capture the multifaceted challenges that occur under these circumstances are lacking. Systematically incorporating the aforementioned concepts might help to advance phenomenological research and articulate these difficulties. We propose suggestions on data generation to reveal situated, meaning-infused, embodied experiences in patients with hemi-spatial neglect. The need to step beyond the privileged emphasis on interviews, toward experimenting with other approaches of data collection, is underscored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)824-836
Number of pages13
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Doctoral grant, recieved by Marianne E. Klinke, from the University of Iceland.

Other keywords

  • body image
  • data collection and management
  • embodiment / bodily experiences
  • interviews
  • lived experience
  • neurology
  • nursing
  • observation, participant
  • phenomenology
  • qualitative analysis
  • Hjúkrun
  • Sjálfsmynd (sálfræði)
  • Sjúklingar
  • Data Collection
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Regression Analysis


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