Answered By: Linda Neyer Last Updated: Sep 15, 2017 Views: 6
This study is NOT a qualitative research study, based on the Methods described in the abstract:
Methods: A sample of 169 children wore a triaxial accelerometer 24h/day for 7 consecutive days. Raw data were processed to calculate the number of steps, amount and intensity of the PA performed in morning, afternoon and evening time slots. Results: During weekday afternoon times (1:30 to 4:30 PM), children attending the full-time schedule spent significantly less time in sedentary behavior with respect to those who attend the regular time (54.7% vs. 60.0%, P < .001) and more time in moderate-to-vigorous activity (18.0% vs. 15.0%, P = .004). No differences between morning and evening times were found.
The authors use quantitative methods -- taking measurements and running statistical tests on the data -- to to test their hypotheses. A qualitative research study would more than likely collect words (like from an interview), or images, or objects, and not numbers or statistics.
This page gives a nice summary of the differences between quantitative and qualitative research: http://www.xavier.edu/library/students/documents/qualitative_quantitative.pdf