A1 Journal article (refereed)
Integrative Strategies in Mixed Methods Research (2021)

Åkerblad, L., Seppänen-Järvelä, R., & Haapakoski, K. (2021). Integrative Strategies in Mixed Methods Research. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 15(2), 152-170. https://doi.org/10.1177/1558689820957125

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Åkerblad, Leena; Seppänen-Järvelä, Riitta; Haapakoski, Kaisa

Journal or series: Journal of Mixed Methods Research

ISSN: 1558-6898

eISSN: 1558-6901

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 11/09/2020

Volume: 15

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 152-170

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1558689820957125

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71769


Despite the critical role of integration as a methodological concept in mixed methods studies, researchers lack a theory for integrating. In this article, we introduce the concept of integrative strategy by analyzing three mixed methods rehabilitation-related studies. These studies represented an analytical strategy based on a multiperspective stakeholder approach, a theory-bound analytical strategy, and a theory-oriented synthesizing strategy. We define integrative strategy as a process in which the system of relations within the study is explicated and justified in accordance with the research purpose and phenomenon. This article contributes to mixed methods research by providing a novel concept of integrative strategy. The concept encompasses both study-specific practices of integration and their justifications, thereby bringing methodological discussions and practices closer together.

Keywords: methodology; research methods; integration (passive); triangulation (research); theory of science

Free keywords: mixed methods research; integrative strategy; analytical integration; theoretical integration

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

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