A Mixed Methods Content Analysis of Military Family Literature

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Mixed methods research designs are becoming a popular methodology used to investigate the unique circumstances, stressors, and needs of military families. Mixed methods military family research lacks intentionality in the design of the study, and adherence to formal design types by Creswell and Plano Clark (2011) and Green, Caracelli, and Graham (1989). This content analysis of mixed methods research of military families is an initial inquiry into the current state of this research. We analyzed the methodology of 12 (n = 12) mixed methods studies for adherence to typologies created by Creswell and Plano Clark (2011) and Greene and colleagues (1989). No articles mentioned that their research was conducted using a specific methodological design. We recommend intentionality in designing mixed methods research and in preparing mixed methods manuscripts. Intentionality is an indication of high caliber mixed methods research, ensuring the advancement of the field and legitimizing it as a third methodology.


Mixed methods; Military families; Research methods


Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling

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