Methodological challenges to research among Chinese : using mixed methods to investigate older persons with depression in Macau

Zeng, Wen, North, Nicola and Kent, Bridie 2012, Methodological challenges to research among Chinese : using mixed methods to investigate older persons with depression in Macau, Journal of mixed methods research, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 154-165.

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Title Methodological challenges to research among Chinese : using mixed methods to investigate older persons with depression in Macau
Author(s) Zeng, Wen
North, Nicola
Kent, Bridie
Journal name Journal of mixed methods research
Volume number 6
Issue number 3
Start page 154
End page 165
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2012-07
ISSN 1558-6898
Keyword(s) culture
Chinese
depression
mixed methods
older persons
Summary The article offers an example of using a mixed methods design that was implemented when investigating depression among Chinese older persons in Macau. A challenge in designing the study was that in light of literature on Chinese culture and somatization theory, the acceptability of the methodology was uncertain. Participants (n = 31) were purposively selected and quantitative data were collected using multiple standardized measures. Questions raised by the quantitative approach were then reflected through in-depth interviews. Four dominant categories emerged: (a) negative thinking, (b) physical limitations and complaints, (c) present living conditions and social support, and (d) the lives participants have lived. There was a high level of congruence between quantitative scores and narratives. The research approach was acceptable to the participants, and the findings contributed to an understanding of depression and therapeutic interventions for that population within Chinese culture.
Notes First published on September 1, 2011
Language eng
Field of Research 111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative)
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Sage
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041391

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Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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