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Use of mixed methods designs in substance research: a methodological necessity in Nigeria


  • Emeka Dumbili



The utility of mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) is becoming increasingly accepted in health sciences, but substance studies are yet to substantially benefit from such utilities. While there is a growing number of mixed methods alcohol articles concerning developed countries, developing nations are yet to embrace this method. In the Nigerian context, the importance of mixed methods research is yet to be acknowledged. This article therefore, draws on alcohol studies to argue that mixed methods designs will better equip scholars to understand, explore, describe and explain why alcohol consumption and its related problems are increasing in Nigeria. It argues that as motives for consuming alcohol in contemporary Nigeria are multiple, complex and evolving, mixed method approaches that provide multiple pathways for proffering solutions to problems should be embraced. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

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  • Emeka Dumbili, 2014. "Use of mixed methods designs in substance research: a methodological necessity in Nigeria," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 48(5), pages 2841-2857, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:qualqt:v:48:y:2014:i:5:p:2841-2857
    DOI: 10.1007/s11135-013-9928-z

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