Critique Of A Qualitative Study

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According to Miller (2010) quantitative findings formulate generalizations that bring forth universal laws based on data from samples that represent certain populations. Qualitative findings, on the contrary, do not generalize by applying findings from a sample group and applying it to entire populations. Instead qualitative studies provide information about real life human experiences to audiences who can then apply these findings in their everyday life. For example nurses can apply findings from qualitative studies to improve their nursing practice. Beck (2004) research methodology utilized a qualitative approach using the inductive method called descriptive phenomenology. “Inductive reasoning is the process of developing generalizations from specific observations” (Polit & Beck, 2012) The participants in her study submitted descriptions of their personal real life experiences dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder after children. The study’s goal was to understand the phenomena of women experiencing PTSD after child birth. The ontology is subjective because it is constructed by the experiences of the individuals in the study and not meant to find a cause or effect. The relationship of those being researched to the inquirer (or epistemology) is one where the inquirer (the researchers) treat …show more content…

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