Qualitative data are becoming more commonly described and used in therapeutic recreation research. The debate of the past concerning whether quantitative or qualitative data are superior has given way to a discussion of how they both contribute to the body of knowledge. Some researchers are considering the possibilities of linking or mixing qualitative and quantitative data types, particularly because of the potential for better understanding the content and process of professional practice. The purpose of this research note is to describe the belief systems and concerns in linking qualitative and quantitative data within a research project. We describe the purposes for using qualitative and quantitative data, the approaches to linking, and the concerns that might be encountered in conducting therapeutic recreation research using linked or mixed data.
Author Karla A. Henderson, Leandra A. Bedini
Volume Vol 29, No 2 (1995)