Recommendations for designing and reviewing qualitative research in psychology: Promoting methodological integrity.

Published on Feb 1, 2017
· DOI :10.1037/QUP0000082
Heidi M. Levitt50
Estimated H-index: 50
(University of Massachusetts Boston),
Sue L. Motulsky4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Lesley University)
+ 2 AuthorsJoseph G. Ponterotto58
Estimated H-index: 58
(Fordham University)
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