Journal article

Increasing rigor and reducing bias in qualitative research: A document analysis of parliamentary debates using applied thematic analysis

Penny Mackieson, Aron Shlonsky, Marie Connolly

QUALITATIVE SOCIAL WORK | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Qualitative research methods have traditionally been criticised for lacking rigor, and impressionistic and biased results. Subsequently, as qualitative methods have been increasingly used in social work inquiry, efforts to address these criticisms have also increased. Applied thematic analysis provides structure and integrates reflexivity in qualitative research using textual data. In this article, we describe how applied thematic analysis was operationalised in a document analysis of the official records of parliamentary debates in the Australian State of Victoria relating to the introduction of Permanent Care Orders, an alternative to adoption for children residing out-of-home and unable t..

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