Modeling Contingency in Veteran Community Reintegration: A Mixed Methods Approach
Journal of Mixed Methods Research
Researchers need approaches for analyzing complex phenomena when assessing contingency relationships where specific conditions explain an outcome only when combined with other conditions. Using a mixed methods design, we paired configurational methods and qualitative thematic analysis to model contingency in veteran community reintegration outcomes, identifying combinations of conditions that led to success or lack of success in community reintegration among US military veterans. This pairing allowed for modeling contingency at a detailed level beyond the capabilities of either approach alone. Our analysis revealed multiple contingent relationships at work in explaining reintegration, including social support, purpose, cultural adjustment, and military separation experiences. This study contributes to the field of mixed methods by pairing a mathematical cross-case method with a qualitative method to model contingency.
Rattray, Nicholas A.; Miech, Edward J.; True, Gala; Natividad, Diana; Laws, Brian; Frankel, Richard M.; and Kukla, Marina, "Modeling Contingency in Veteran Community Reintegration: A Mixed Methods Approach" (2022). School of Medicine Faculty Publications. 430.