This article was originally presented as a presentation at the NIH-funded 2008 Conference on Innovations in Trauma Research Methods (CITRM), Chicago, IL November 16–7, 2008.
Special Section: Innovations in Trauma Research Methods, 2008
The application of mixed methods designs to trauma research†
Article first published online: 3 DEC 2009
Copyright © 2009 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Special Issue: Special Section: Innovations in Trauma Research Methods, 2008
Volume 22, Issue 6, pages 612–621, December 2009
How to Cite
Creswell, J. W. and Zhang, W. (2009), The application of mixed methods designs to trauma research. J. Traum. Stress, 22: 612–621. doi: 10.1002/jts.20479
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 3 DEC 2009
Despite the use of quantitative and qualitative data in trauma research and therapy, mixed methods studies in this field have not been analyzed to help researchers designing investigations. This discussion begins by reviewing four core characteristics of mixed methods research in the social and human sciences. Combining these characteristics, the authors focus on four select mixed methods designs that are applicable in trauma research. These designs are defined and their essential elements noted. Applying these designs to trauma research, a search was conducted to locate mixed methods trauma studies. From this search, one sample study was selected, and its characteristics of mixed methods procedures noted. Finally, drawing on other mixed methods designs available, several follow-up mixed methods studies were described for this sample study, enabling trauma researchers to view design options for applying mixed methods research in trauma investigations.