Mixed methods in health psychology: theoretical and practical considerations of the third paradigm

E Dures, N Rumsey, M Morris, K Gleeson

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Abstract

This article has two purposes: to examine why mixed methods is a legitimate approach particularly well suited to health psychology; and to describe the challenges inherent in conducting mixed methods research. First, arguments justifying the status of mixed methods as a third paradigm alongside solely quantitative and qualitative frameworks are discussed. Second, a qualitatively driven model of mixed methods is illustrated using examples from a research programme exploring the psychosocial impact of a rare, genetic skin disorder. The flexibility of a mixed methods approach enables the researcher to be responsive to a range of issues, but it is important the approach is used thoughtfully and appropriately.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-41
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Research Design

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