College students' justification for digital piracy: a mixed methods study

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Yu, Sz De

Yu, Szde. 2012. College students’ justification for digital piracy: a mixed methods study. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, v.6 no.4 pp.364-378


A mixed methods project was devoted to understanding college students' justification for digital piracy. The project consisted of two studies, a qualitative one and a quantitative one. Qualitative interviews were conducted to identify main themes in students' justification for digital piracy, and then the findings were tested in a quantitative manner using a different sample. This project thus proposes a model in which quantitative measures are guided by qualitative findings, and qualitative findings are in turn reexamined based on quantitative findings. This project offers a mixed methods model for theory testing in criminology.

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