Perils, Pitfalls, and Considerations
This chapter presents some of the “messy” elements of mixed methods research to help readers avoid potential mishaps in their mixed methods projects. The chapter lists perils and pitfalls of mixed methods research, as well as recommendations for how to avoid them. It provides a synthesis of three exemplar mixed methods studies to help provide an understanding of the range of integration types (and integration depth) that can occur across studies. One goal of the chapter is to encourage social work researchers to be excited and not intimidated about the breadth and complexity of these studies—opening up new windows of possibilities and once again inviting them to think of their studies from this mixed point of view. A brief discussion of the ethical considerations of social work specific to the framing of mixed methods research is included.
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