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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160560
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Methodological Triangulation: a Case Example
Abstract:
Methodological Triangulation: a Case Example
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Shieh, Carol, MPH/MSPH
P.I. Institution Name:Indiana University-Kokomo
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:School of Nursing, 2300 South Washington Street, PO Box 9003, Kokomo, IN, 46904-9003, USA
Contact Telephone:765.455.9250
Purpose: This study used methodological triangulation to explore maternal-fetal attachment in prenatal drug users. Theoretical framework: Methodological triangulation is the application of two or more research methods in a single study. Often it refers to the combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. Methodological triangulation leads to richer and more insightful analyses. It increases a study's completeness, validity, and credibility. Sample: Forty prenatal drug-using women participated in the study. Subject selection criteria and sample size were based on quantitative measures. Method: Within-method triangulation involved multiple quantitative measures of Cranley's Maternal-Fetal Attachment Scale (CMFAS) and Müller's Prenatal Attachment Inventory (MPAI). Additionally, a semi-structured interview was conducted to complete an across-method triangulation. Results: Cronbach's alphas were .83 and .85 for CMFAS and MPAI. A moderate correlation was found between these two scales (r=.51). Items with low mean scores included "I buy/make things for the baby" (2.23 + 1.07), "I grasp my baby's foot through my tummy to move it around" (2.53 + 1.13), "I can tell that my baby has the hiccoughs" (2.85 + 1.23), and "I refer to my baby by a nickname" (2.85 + 1.23). Verbal data indicated participants were not sure the baby could make it through the pregnancy and couldn't afford many infant items. They stated moving the baby was dangerous and were unsure of where the baby's foot was. Many women did not notice or never felt the baby's hiccoughs. They perceived a nickname as a temporary identity and had to see the baby first before coming up with a nickname. Other themes were also identified from the study. Conclusions: Methodological triangulation is useful. Qualitative data from the study suggest low scores in quantitative measures do not indicate low maternal-fetal attachment. Rewording the items or replacing questionable items may increase the reliability of quantitative measures.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleMethodological Triangulation: a Case Exampleen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160560-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Methodological Triangulation: a Case Example</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Shieh, Carol, MPH/MSPH</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Indiana University-Kokomo</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing, 2300 South Washington Street, PO Box 9003, Kokomo, IN, 46904-9003, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">765.455.9250</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">wshieh@iuk.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: This study used methodological triangulation to explore maternal-fetal attachment in prenatal drug users. Theoretical framework: Methodological triangulation is the application of two or more research methods in a single study. Often it refers to the combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. Methodological triangulation leads to richer and more insightful analyses. It increases a study's completeness, validity, and credibility. Sample: Forty prenatal drug-using women participated in the study. Subject selection criteria and sample size were based on quantitative measures. Method: Within-method triangulation involved multiple quantitative measures of Cranley's Maternal-Fetal Attachment Scale (CMFAS) and M&uuml;ller's Prenatal Attachment Inventory (MPAI). Additionally, a semi-structured interview was conducted to complete an across-method triangulation. Results: Cronbach's alphas were .83 and .85 for CMFAS and MPAI. A moderate correlation was found between these two scales (r=.51). Items with low mean scores included &quot;I buy/make things for the baby&quot; (2.23 + 1.07), &quot;I grasp my baby's foot through my tummy to move it around&quot; (2.53 + 1.13), &quot;I can tell that my baby has the hiccoughs&quot; (2.85 + 1.23), and &quot;I refer to my baby by a nickname&quot; (2.85 + 1.23). Verbal data indicated participants were not sure the baby could make it through the pregnancy and couldn't afford many infant items. They stated moving the baby was dangerous and were unsure of where the baby's foot was. Many women did not notice or never felt the baby's hiccoughs. They perceived a nickname as a temporary identity and had to see the baby first before coming up with a nickname. Other themes were also identified from the study. Conclusions: Methodological triangulation is useful. Qualitative data from the study suggest low scores in quantitative measures do not indicate low maternal-fetal attachment. Rewording the items or replacing questionable items may increase the reliability of quantitative measures.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:03:41Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:03:41Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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