As you have learned, there are many ways to study social and behavioral phenomena.  Some of the methods we use involve quantifying responses (surveys, experiments, archival research), while others involve detailed descriptions based on one on one interviews, direct observation of a group, focus groups, or even case studies.  It is important to remember that qualitative researchers attempt to describe the qualities of a behavior or an experience to capture what the behavior or experience means to the participant.   

Before you participate in this forum, be sure to read all assigned materials.  What are some ways in which a qualitative study of domestic violence would be different than a quantitative study on the same topic? What kinds of research questions are best answered by each method and why?  What kind of data would you generate if you conducted a survey rather than interviewing either abusers or survivors face to face?  Would you generate different data if you explored this issue in focus groups rather than face to face interviews or surveys? Support your analysis by citing examples of qualitative and quantitative studies of domestic violence. 

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