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I am currently undertaking a PhD involving mixed methods research into the impact of witnessing trauma upon social workers and the organisational issues that impact upon their ability to cope.
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I am looking for some guidance which indicates clearly how CR is applied to the methods/ methodology of mixed methods( especially the quantitative elements) research. I am finding it very hard to map the terms and ideas onto my methods, results, conclusions and discussion. Is there clear guidance on this?
1.Where do observations and measures, and the results of correlation, principal component analysis and regression tie in to the three domains?
- Are observation/ measures in the empirical domain?
- Is a correlation indicative of an event in the actual?
- Do the theories to explain refer to the structures and mechanisms in the real domain?
- Factor analysis, in my case yielded FAC1 internal/psychological effects, FAC2 relations/social and FAC3 physical ( age and hours worked ). do these indicate the strata within the real domain?
2. What is the difference between a regularity and a demi-regularity? Are low correlations the same as demi-regs?
3.When it comes to explaining observations and regularities, what do we classify as entities, structures and mechanisms?
My finding is that vicarious trauma, burnout, age and poor worker relations lead to turnover intention in social workers, which of these are entities? which are mechanisms?
Is the social worker the entity?
Is vicarious trauma an entity because it causes turnover?
Is it an emergent entity or an emergent property? Is it an emergent entity with properties that lead to turnover?
Are worker relationships an entity? Or do they feed into workplace culture, which in turn influences them? How would this be described in CR terms?
I have been testing the assumptions of Pearson's correlation and there are some weak linear relationships, but sometimes the R2 values are very small eg 0.002. Given that my research is being conducted in the messy world of social science, is this an acceptable value? If not, what is an acceptable value to assume linearity?