Using a Narrative Approach to Analyze Longitudinal Mixed Methods Data

Maureen R. Waller, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Daniel P. Miller, Meaghan Mingo

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Despite growing interest in longitudinal mixed methods research designs, more strategies for analyzing and integrating these data are needed. This article contributes to the field of mixed methods research by presenting a novel narrative approach to data analysis in longitudinal studies. Our approach involves the transformation of longitudinal survey data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study into narrative case histories. We use qualitative interviews from participants in an embedded study to select survey variables for data transformation and to explain unexpected survey outcomes. Our analysis shows how multiple factors converge to enable or constrain fathers’ involvement with children in five different fathering trajectories, and how the narrative frames of some disadvantaged fathers may facilitate their sustained involvement.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)261-283
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Mixed Methods Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


  • Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
  • data transformation
  • fathering trajectories
  • longitudinal studies
  • narrative analysis


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