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Mixed-Method Study

Mixed-methods research involves integrating quantitative and qualitative methods to address an area of research inquiry. Quantitative methods involve analysis of numeric representations of data (e.g., psychological, behavioral, physiological), whereas qualitative methods rely on analysis of nonnumeric data representations (e.g., observations and interviews). Combining quantitative and qualitative approaches can provide a more comprehensive understanding of human development across the life span. Mixed-methods research can uncover trends that may be generalizable across people while also highlighting the unique social, political, economic, and cultural contexts in which individuals live and the perspectives and voices of those individuals. This entry provides an overview of mixed-methods research approaches, highlights considerations for using a mixed-methods approach, and illustrates the utility of mixed-methods research by drawing upon studies that examine the complex ...

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