When studying families, how do researchers decide which family members should be included in their study? What if the family consists of nonmarried parents, or homosexual partners? Or what if a couple does not have any children? Are they still considered a family? These are just some of the questions that may arise when conducting research. In Studying Families, Copeland and White examine the inherent problems researchers face when studying this social group.
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Designing Family Research
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adolescents affect alpha coefficients approach aspects of family behavior Boston University capture Chapter child child-rearing coders Coding System Cohen's kappa cohesion complete conceptual conflict construct validity couples data sets describe designed dimensions disagreement discussion dyad dyadic Dyadic Relation example family functioning family interaction family members family process family research family systems family variable fathers focus focuses Gottman Grotevant groups husbands hypotheses important individual interested interpersonal interview intimacy investigators involve issues longitudinal marital adjustment marital satisfaction marriage ment mothers Oakland Growth Study observational methods Olson parentification parents participants particular person perspective problem psychological psychometric Q-sort qualitative research questionnaire relationship reliability and validity research questions response role sample scale scores secondary analysis self-report measures sequence sequential analysis social Spanier specific spouse statistical structural equation modeling study of families STUDYING FAMILIES subjective conditions subscales task techniques theoretical theories tion topic types