Qualitative research designs may be used to study the implementation of an online facilitated alternative treatment educational course for parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This study will also look into the role of the parent’s gender and educational background in treating a child with ADHD.
Case Study and Content Analysis are two qualitative designs that can be suitable methodologies for this study. A case study is particularly helpful in investigating the problem.Since it is an online facility, two cases of ADHD can be looked at in depth to assess the variables identified in the study. A case study looks deeply at the relationship of parents with their child with ADHD. With a case study, the researcher will be able to note in depth details that might be missed with quantitative analysis (Scholz & Tietje, 2002; Denzin & Lincoln, 2000).
Content Analysis is another research design applicable with the study. This methodology is applicable for studies that have a lot of text that must be analyzed (Wimmer & Dominick, 2005).Since the study involves an online learning platform where people can exchange ideas, learn from each other and from the experiences of other people, then the researcher can take a look at pre-defined items for observation and analysis. This may entail some challenge on the part of the researcher because of the bulk of information and data that he will have to go through.
But nonetheless, if the case study and the content analysis are undertaken, then important insights on ADHD will be derived.