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Area of interest is: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

1. Explain how and why you might use a mixed methods approach for a research study in this area of interest (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Detail which of the six strategies (sequential explanatory, sequential exploratory, sequential transformative, concurrent triangulation, concurrent nested, concurrent transformative) you would you choose and why.

2. Then with the mixed methods approach you proposed in the above, then explain how the mixed methods approach you proposed could eliminate the weakness inherent in using only one of the primary approaches. Also identify and describe the weaknesses in the mixed methods approach you proposed.

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(1) Explain how and why you might use a mixed methods approach for a research study in this area of interest (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR, 2000) as "The development of characteristic symptoms following exposure to an extreme stressor involving direct personal experience of an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury, or other threat to one's physical integrity; or witnessing an event that involves death, injury, or a threat to the physical integrity...or threat of death or injury experienced by a family member or other close associate" (p. 563). Creswell & Plano Clark (2007) assert that a mixed methods approach is preferred when the need exists for both quantitative and qualitative approaches. One of the occasion where this need exist when the complete story cannot be explained by one design alone. Thus, by combining two forms of data findings can be cross-validated, techniques can be clarified. To explain and clarify personal experiences of PTSD, a mixed methods approach will help to enhance the quantitative ...

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