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Title: Quantitative and qualitative approaches in the study of poverty and adolescent development : separation or integration?
Authors: Leung, JTY
Shek, DTL 
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Source: International journal of adolescent medicine and health, June 2011, v. 23, no. 2, p. 115-121
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.
Keywords: Adolescent development
Economic disadvantage
Family processes
Qualitative study
Quantitative study
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Journal: International journal of adolescent medicine and health 
ISSN: 0334-0139
EISSN: 2191-0278
DOI: 10.1515/IJAMH.2011.020
Rights: ©2011 by Walter de Gruyter. The journal web site is located at
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