Ideally, the researcher should analyze the data with a team of two or more research assistants familiar with the codebook and coding procedures.
After response codes are identified, researchers can sort them into themes.
The prominent literature of Latina gender studies in the social sciences promotes a stereotypical image of Latinas as submissive and dependent; the grounded-theory approach to thematic analysis allowed me to explore the detail and nuances of how Latina women themselves describe the Latina experience.
From my own analyses, I found that Latinas view the experience of being a woman in Latina culture as a complex identity beyond stereotypes.
During this final stage of coding, subthemes may be identified.
These may emerge when several participants give similar detailed descriptions of a characteristic of the theme.
Our research team identified an internal empowerment theme and an external empowerment theme.
Internal empowerment refers to the sense of a strong identity and self-confidence; external empowerment refers to the desire and self-efficacy to make a positive change in one’s own life and in the community.
Grounded theory is an approach by which theory is extended from qualitative analysis (Charmaz, 1990; Walsh, 2014).
It began nearly 5 decades ago (Glaser & Straus, 1967) and has since developed and diversified (Heath & Cowley, 2004).