The application of mixed methods designs to trauma research

John W. Creswell, Wanqing Zhang

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Abstract

Despite the use of quantitative and qualitative data in trauma research and therapy, mixed methods studies in this field have not been analyzed to help researchers designing investigations. This discussion begins by reviewing four core characteristics of mixed methods research in the social and human sciences. Combining these characteristics, the authors focus on four select mixed methods designs that are applicable in trauma research. These designs are defined and their essential elements noted. Applying these designs to trauma research, a search was conducted to locate mixed methods trauma studies. From this search, one sample study was selected, and its characteristics of mixed methods procedures noted. Finally, drawing on other mixed methods designs available, several follow-up mixed methods studies were described for this sample study, enabling trauma researchers to view design options for applying mixed methods research in trauma investigations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-621
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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