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Title: Research Paradigms, Values, and Spouse Abuse
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:9  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1994)  Pages:207-223
Author(s): C M Murphy; K D O'Leary
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: MH09739
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article invites dialogue on qualitative research strategies for understanding social and subjective complexities of interpersonal violence; epistemological assumptions and functional challenges of qualitative methods are contrasted with traditional quantitative approaches in spouse abuse research.
Abstract: The authors assert that differences between qualitative and quantitative approaches are not paradigmatic in the Kuhnian sense of scientific revolutions. They also contend that there are important links between a feminist ethos in the social sciences and qualitative methods and that both qualitative and quantitative methods seek to increase the credibility of research findings and may benefit from conceptual cross-fertilization. In addition, the authors suggest that value and political questions in spouse abuse research cannot be reduced to methodological questions. Challenges faced by qualitative researchers and shortcomings of qualitative research on spouse abuse are examined. Recommendations to improve the credibility of spouse abuse research are offered that focus on methodological diversity and rigor in efforts to understand spousal violence. 57 references and 5 notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Behavioral science research; Domestic assault; Interpersonal relations; Psychological research; Research methods; Scientific techniques; Statistics; Victims of violent crime
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