Create a feasible research design that includes plans for the sample selection, data collection, and data analysis.


Identify an aspect of this topic you feel should be studied using qualitative methods.

Dysthymia sometimes referred to as mild, chronic depression, is less severe and has fewer symptoms than major depression. With dysthymia, the depression symptoms can linger for a long period, often two years or longer. Although dysthymia is a serious illness, it is treatable. Dysthymia can be treated through psychotherapy, antidepressants, or a combination of both. Most of the time dysthymia can be treated by a regular doctor. I think a topic that should be studied using qualitative methods is the treatment options for patients who are affected by the illness.

Apply the scientific method to this research issue and develop a specific research question.

Dysthymia is a type of depression, milder, subtler, but just as insidious. One in ten of us will be experiencing dysthymia right now (The Chilliwack Progress, 2005, para. 1). My research question is will combined treatment for dysthymia be more successful?

Compare the characteristics and appropriate uses of various qualitative research designs and choose an appropriate qualitative design for this research question.

The appropriate research designs in comparison are Grounded Theory Approach (GT), Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), Discourse Analysis Approach, Participatory action research (PAR), and Consensual qualitative research (CQR) and Narrative Analysis Approaches. Grounded Theory is used to study action and interaction (Frost, 2011, p. 16).  Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) is used to study experiences of some personal significance-such as a major life event, or the development of an important relationship (Frost, 2011, p. 44).

Discourse Analysis Approach is used to study discourse, writing, conversation, communicative events (Frost, 2011, p. 66). Narrative Analysis Approach covers a multitude of methods that are collected from participants (Frost, 2011, p. 92). Participatory action research is an approach to research in communities that emphasizes participation and action (Ponterotto, 2010, p. 586). Consensual qualitative research involves descriptive interview transcripts of a participant’s feelings and thoughts (Ponterotto, 2010, p. 585).

The qualitative research design I recommend is the grounded theory approach. Grounded theory is an influential research method for collecting and analyzing data.

Create a feasible research design that includes plans for the sample selection, data collection, and data analysis.

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