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 editorsÅkerblad, Leena; Seppänen-Järvelä, Riitta; Haapakoski, Kaisa

Journal or seriesJournal of Mixed Methods Research



Publication year2021

Publication date11/09/2020


Issue number2

Pages range152-170

PublisherSAGE Publications

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially 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.

Keywordsmethodologyresearch methodsintegration (passive)triangulation (research)theory of science

Free keywordsmixed methods research; integrative strategy; analytical integration; theoretical integration

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

JUFO rating2

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