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A typology of literature reviews

Qualitative interpretive Meta-synthesis


"Created specifically for social work undergirding the profession’s values and goals, Qualitative interpretive meta-synthesis is a way of synthesizing individual studies that focus on a specific topic in order to create an in-depth understanding of the topic of study" (Watkins-Kagebein et al, 2019).


Further Reading/Resources

Aguirre, R. T., & Bolton, K. W. (2014). Qualitative interpretive meta-synthesis in social work research: Uncharted territory. Journal of Social Work, 14(3), 279-294 Full Text


Nordberg, A., Davis, J. B., Leat, S. R., Mattingly, S., Keaton, C., & Mitchell, M. B. (2021). Transportation barriers to successful reentry among returning citizens: A qualitative interpretive meta-synthesis. The Prison Journal, 101(4), 488-506. Full Text


Watkins-Kagebein, J., Barnett, T. M., Collier-Tenison, S., & Blakey, J. (2019). They don’t listen: A qualitative interpretive meta-synthesis of children’s sexual abuse. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 36(4), 337-349. Full Text