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Chapter 1: Embracing Complexity in Mixed Methods Research

Journal Article 1: Chui, W. H., & Cheng, K. K.-Y. (2017). Perceptions of fairness and satisfaction in lawyer–client interactions among young offenders in Hong Kong. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 11(2), 266–285. doi: 10.1177/1558689815593834.

Description: Drawing upon procedure justice theory, Wing Hong Chui and Kevin Kwok-Yin Cheng use an explanatory mixed methods design to examine the perceptions of fairness and satisfaction that young offenders have towards their lawyers in the Hong Kong criminal justice system. Particularly noteworthy is the article description of the legal profession and the local study context.

Journal Article 2: Colditz, J. B., Welling, J., Smith, N. A., James, A. E., & Primack, B. A. (2017). World vaping day: Contextualizing vaping culture in online social media using a mixed methods approach. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. doi: 10.1177/1558689817702753.

Description: The authors use a convergent parallel mixed methods design to contextualize vaping culture in social media. This article capitalized on both the quantitative breadth and qualitative depth of primary Twitter data globally, and used an innovative integration approach.

Journal Article 3: Dickson, V., Lee, C. S., & Riegel, B. (2011). How do cognitive function and knowledge affect heart failure self-care? Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 5(2), 167–189. doi: 10.1177/1558689811402355.

Description: The authors used a concurrent triangulation mixed methods design to explore how knowledge and cognitive function influence the self-care of 41 adult Colombian heart failure patients. This article is noteworthy for its conceptualization of self-care as a naturalistic decision-making process and for its cross-case integrated findings from in-depth interviews and standardized surveys.

Journal Article 4: Strudsholm, T., Meadows, L. M., Robinson Vollman, A., Thurston, W. B. E., & Henderson, R. (2016). Using mixed methods to facilitate complex, multiphased health research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 15(1), 1–11. doi: 10.1177/1609406915624579.

Description: The authors illustrate the benefits of using a multiphase mixed methods design to identify public health leadership competencies that could be applied to public health practice across Canada. The article is noteworthy for its discussion of the challenges and opportunities encountered in its use of literature review, online survey, focus group webinars, and modified Delphi.

Journal Article 5: Taylor, L. K., Merrilees, C. E., Corkalo Biruski, D., Ajdukovic, D., & Cummings, E. M. (2017). Complexity of risk: Mixed-methods approach to understanding youth risk and insecurity in postconflict settings. Journal of Adolescent Research, 32(5), 585–613. doi: 10.1177/0743558416684950.

Description: The authors use an exploratory sequential mixed methods design to identify community-level risk factors and related emotional insecurity responses among youth in Vukovar, Croatia. The article reports how the initial focus group discussions with parents and adolescents were further explained by the quantitative youth surveys.

Journal Article 6: Zea, M. C., Aguilar-Pardo, M., Betancourt, F., Reisen, C. A., & Gonzales, F. (2014). Mixed methods research with internally displaced Colombian gay and bisexual men and transwomen. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 8(3), 212–221. doi: 10.1177/1558689814527941.

Description: The multinational, interdisciplinary research team drew upon the framework of communicative action to explore the subjective, objective, and social worlds of displaced Colombian gay and bisexual men and transwomen through life history interviews and surveys. The article is noteworthy for its description of the research team’s promotion of social change through egalitarian dialogue.

Chapter 2: Positioning Demand for Innovation in Complex Mixed Methods Research

Journal Article 1: Molina-Azorin, J. F., & Fetters, M. (2016). Mixed methods research prevalence studies: Field-specific studies on the state of the art of mixed methods research. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 10(2), 123–128. doi: 10.1177/1558689816636707.

Description: This editorial highlights four essential elements involved in reporting a mixed methods research prevalence study. These insights guide a type of research often undertaken by those wanting to advance understanding specific to mixed methods research within their own disciplines.

Chapter 3: Advancing Integrative Thinking with Complexity in Mixed Methods Research

Journal Article 1: Koopmans, M. (2016). Mixed methods in search of a problem: Perspectives from complexity theory. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 11(1), 16–18. doi: 10.1177/1558689816676662.

Description: Matthijs Koopmans advances complexity theory as a useful framework for mixed methods research in describing the behaviour of individuals within interrelated systems. In so doing, he provides a concise introduction for those new to complexity theory.

Chapter 4: Diagnosing Complexity of Mixed Methods Research Conditions

Journal Article 1: Cheng, K. K.-Y., Chui, W. H., & Ong, R. (2015). Providing justice for low-income youths: Publicly-funded lawyers and youth clients in Hong Kong. Social & Legal Studies, 24, 577–593.

Description: Written by the two authors of the featured study on law clients, this study draws on in-depth interviews with 40 youth defendants and defence lawyers. It examines the ways in which the welfare and justice imperatives are negotiated within the Hong Kong juvenile justice system.

Chapter 6: Defining Systems of Complex Mixed Methods Research Contexts

Journal Article 1: Levitt, H. M., Bamberg, M., Creswell, J. W., Frost, D. M., Josselson, R., & Suárez-Orozco, C. (2018). Journal article reporting standards for qualitative primary, qualitative meta-analytic, and mixed methods research in psychology: The APA Publications and Communications Board task force report. American Psychologist, 73(1), 26–46.

Description: The authors describe standards for guiding what should be included in a qualitative or mixed methods research report. The standards are intended for use by authors in the process of writing prior to submission and by reviewers and editors during the peer review process.

Journal Article 2: Marti, T. S., & Mertens, D. M. (Eds.) (2014). Special Issue: Marginalized populations. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 8 (3), 207–321.

Description: To explore the potential of mixed methods to contribute to social change, two different features are discussed in this special issue: a researcher’s responsibility to inform policies when working with marginalized populations, and involving the participants to generate more accurate and useful knowledge. This issue is an essential read for anyone pursuing mixed methods research under conditions of complexity because of its particular methodological strategies aimed at including the people who are being ‘researched’.

Relevant articles from the special issue:

  1. Gomez, A. (2014), "New Developments in Mixed Methods with Vulnerable Groups"

  2. Marti, T. S., & Mertens, D. M. (Eds.) (2014). "Mixed methods Research with Groups at Risj: New Developments and Key Debates"

  3. Chilisa, B., Tsheko, G. N. (2014), "Mixed Methods in Indigenous Research: Building Relationships for Sustainable Intervention Outcomes"

Chapter 7: Describing Designs of Complex Mixed Methods Research Integrations

Journal Article 1: Guest, G. (2013). Describing mixed methods research: An alternative to typologies. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 7, 141–151. doi: 10.1177/1558689812461179.

Description: Greg Guest offers a thoughtful critique of the use of typologies for designing mixed methods research. He also offers an alternative approach to design, shifting the focus from the research study to the individual points of interface among data strands.

Journal Article 2: Hall, B., and Howard, K. (2008). A synergistic approach: Conducting mixed methods research with typological and systemic design considerations. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 2(3), 248–269. doi: 10.1177/1558689808314622.

Description: Bronwyn Hall and Kirsten Howard described the core set of principles of a synergistic approach to bring the principles of typological and systemic design approaches together. They describe the synergistic approach within the context of mixing methods in a randomized controlled trial.

Chapter 8: Developing Capacity for Complex Mixed Methods Research Interactions

Journal Article 1: Curry, L. A., O’Cathain, A., Plano Clark, V. L., Aroni, R., Fetters, M., & Berg, D. (2012). The role of group dynamics in mixed methods health sciences research teams. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 6(1), 5–20. doi: 10.1177/1558689811416941.

Description: These authors explore the group dynamics of mixed methods health sciences research teams, identify challenges, and propose guiding principles. Noteworthy are the discussions about developing meaningful interactions and handling conflict and tension.

Journal Article 2: Hesse-Biber, S. (2016). Doing interdisciplinary mixed methods health care research: Working the boundaries, tensions, and synergistic potential of team-based research. Qualitative Health Research, 26(5), 649–658. doi: 10.1177/1049732316634304.

Description: Sharlene Hesse-Biber examines the range of factors and issues that need to be considered to facilitate efficient interdisciplinary team-based mixed methods research. Of particular note are the discussions related to definitions of interdisciplinary research and practical considerations.

Chapter 9: Generating Evidence of Complex Mixed Methods Research Outcomes

Journal Article 1: Onwuegbuzie, A., & Poth, C. (2016). Editors’ afterword: Toward evidence-based guidelines for reviewing mixed methods research manuscripts submitted to journals. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 15, 1–13. doi: 10.1177/1609406916628986.

Description: In this editorial, Anthony Onwuegbuzie and I advance a framework for comprehensively reviewing a mixed methods research manuscript based on the peer reviews from two special issues. The second Appendix in this article lists the 32 items for assessing the quality of a mixed methods manuscript.