Conducting Mixed-Methods Research: An Illustration With American Indians in the United States
In this chapter we utilize two studies to describe the application of mixed-methods research. Study 1 was an explanatory study of the intersection of maternal gambling, parenting, self-efficacy, depression, social supports, and child behavior problems among American Indians living on a rural Midwestern reservation. This is followed by a detailed explanation of the ways by which this initial study led to a second study on gambling, alcohol, smoking, and drug use on the reservation. This chapter uses information from both studies to illustrate the design and implementation of mixed-methods research in a culturally sensitive manner. The breadth and depth of the topics covered in this chapter provide substantial support for the position that mixed-methods research is a particularly important research approach for researchers who are trying to conduct research in a way that bridges the gap between a dominant culture and diverse cultural groups.
Keywords: mixed-methods, american Indians, qualitative, quantitative, focus groups, talking circles, gambling, drug use, cigarettes, alcohol use, reservation, rural, insider/outsider roles, women, mothers
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