Organization of This Text
About the Authors
Chapter 1 Why Do Research on Families and Children?
What Are the Stages of Social Research?
How Is Research on Families and Children Different?
The Benefits of Well-Conducted Research
Chapter 2 The Ethics of Research on Families and Children
The Rights of Participants in Research on Families and Children
What Is the Role of the Institutional Review Board?
Fraud in Research on Families and Children
The Value of Ethically Sound Research
Chapter 3 Causal Inference in Research on Families and Children
Causal Inference in Qualitative Research
Chapter 4 Searching and Reading the Literature
Reading a Journal Article
How Do Journal Articles Get Published?
Other Types of Publications
Chapter 5 Sampling Issues
How Large Does the Sample Need to Be?
How Do We Go About Choosing a Sampling Technique?
Chapter 6 How Do We Measure Concepts?
Characteristics of a Good Measurement Procedure
What Are Reliability and Validity?
Some Thoughts on Reliability and Validity
Chapter 7 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?
Chapter 8 Studying Families: Methods for Quantitative Data
Studying Families Through Experiments
Studying Families Through Survey Methods
Studying Families and Children Through Nonreactive Techniques
Types of Nonreactive Research
“Big Data” in the Study of Families and Children
Secondary Analysis of Sample Surveys
Ethics and Quantitative Methods
Some Limitations of Quantitative Methods
Chapter 9 Studying Families: Methods for Qualitative Data
Qualitative Research Compared to Quantitative Research
Types of Qualitative Strategies
Studying Families Through Observation
Ethics and Qualitative Research
Evaluating Qualitative Research
Chapter 10 Studying Families: Mixed Methods
Mixed-Method Approaches to Family Research
Mixed-Model Studies in Family Research
Some Closing Thoughts on Choosing a Research Strategy
Chapter 11 Using Other People’s Data
Advantages and Disadvantages of Secondary Analysis
Data on Families and Households
Sources of Secondary Data Sets
Future Trends in Secondary Data Analysis
Chapter 12 Analyzing Data on Families and Children
Interpreting Cross-Classification Tables
Commonly Reported Tests of Statistical Significance
Some Thoughts About Statistical Analysis
Chapter 13 Advanced Topics in Family Data Analysis
The Idea of Nested Entities
Individual Change Over Time
Final Thoughts on Nested Entities
Chapter 14 Evaluating Programs in Human Development and Family Science
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
Chapter 15 Politics of Research on Families and Children
Political Concerns in Research on Families and Children