Quantitative and qualitative approaches in the study of poverty and adolescent development: Separation or integration?

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Abstract

This paper examines the use of quantitative and qualitative approaches to study the impact of economic disadvantage on family processes and adolescent development. Quantitative research has the merits of objectivity, good predictive and explanatory power, parsimony, precision and sophistication of analysis. Qualitative research, in contrast, provides a detailed, holistic, in-depth understanding of social reality and allows illumination of new insights. With the pragmatic considerations of methodological appropriateness, design flexibility, and situational responsiveness in responding to the research inquiry, a mixed methods approach could be a possibility of integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches and offers an alternative strategy to study the impact of economic disadvantage on family processes and adolescent development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-121
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Adolescent development
  • Economic disadvantage
  • Family processes
  • Qualitative study
  • Quantitative study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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