What’s New in the Third Edition
Organization of This Text
1. Why Do Research on Families?
What Are the Stages of Social Research?
How Is Research on Families Different?
The Benefits of Well-Conducted Research
2. Causal Inference in Family Research
Causal Inference in Qualitative Research
3. Searching and Reading the Literature
Reading a Journal Article
How Do Journal Articles Get Published?
Other Types of Publications
4. Sampling Issues
How Large Does the Sample Need to Be?
How Do We Go About Choosing a Sampling Technique?
5. How Do We Measure Concepts?
Characteristics of a Good Measurement Procedure
What Are Reliability and Validity?
Some Thoughts on Reliability and Validity
6. Working With Scales and Indices
Types of Scales and Indices
Using Existing Scales and Indices
How Do We Evaluate Scales and Indices?
How Do We Deal With Missing Data in Scales and Indices?
7. Studying Families: Quantitative Methods
Studying Families Through Experiments
Studying Families Through Survey Methods
Studying Families Through Nonreactive Techniques
Types of Nonreactive Research
Secondary Analysis of Sample Surveys
Some Limitations of Quantitative Methods
8. Studying Families: Qualitative Methods
Qualitative Research Compared to Quantitative Research
Types of Qualitative Strategies
Studying Families through Observation
Evaluating Qualitative Research
9. Studying Families: Mixed Methods
Mixed-Method Approaches to Family Research
Mixed-Model Studies in Family Research
Some Closing Thoughts on Choosing a Research Strategy
10. Using Other People’s Data
Advantages and Disadvantages of Secondary Analysis
What Are Some Sources of Data About Families?
Sources of Secondary Data Sets
Future Trends in Secondary Data Analysis
11. Analyzing Data on Families
Interpreting Cross-classification Tables
Commonly Reported Tests of Statistical Significance
Some Thoughts About Statistical Analysis
12. Advanced Topics in Family Analysis
The Idea of Nested Entities
Individual Change over Time
Final Thoughts on Nested Entities
13. Evaluating Family Programs
Needs and Social Impact Assessment: What Is the Problem?
Outcome Assessment: Does It Work?
Process Research: How Does It Work?
Some Thoughts About Randomization in Evaluation Research
The Relationship Between Applied and Basic Research
14. The Ethics and Politics of Family Research
Ethical Issues in Research on Families and Children
What Is the Role of the Institutional Review Board?
Political Concerns in Research on Families
Glossary and Index
About the Authors