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J Pediatr Psychol. 2019 Sep 1;44(8):905-913. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsz052.

A Primer on Mixed Methods for Pediatric Researchers.

Author information

1
Department of Dermatology, University of Utah.
2
Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute.
3
School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania.
4
Departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Pediatrics, Brown University, and.
5
Department of Pediatrics-Nutrition, USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide a primer on conducting and analyzing mixed methods research studies, and to provide guidance on the write-up of mixed methods research.

METHODS:

A question and answer format is used to provide an overview of mixed methods research study designs, tasks and considerations related to conducting and analyzing mixed methods studies, and recommendations for the write-up of results for mixed methods studies.

RESULTS:

Individuals who conduct mixed methods research are encouraged to delineate the quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods features of the research and how these features fit with the overall study questions. Research teams will benefit from including individuals with expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research. Data integration should be a central component to the analysis and write-up of mixed methods research.

CONCLUSIONS:

Increasing the use of mixed methods research in the field of pediatric psychology will contribute to advances in observational studies with children and families, intervention development and evaluation, and creation of new tools and assessments that aim to optimize child and family health outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

professional and training issues; qualitative methods; research design and methods

PMID:
31260042
PMCID:
PMC6705711
[Available on 2020-09-01]
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsz052

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