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Methods of Research on Human Development and Families

Methods of Research on Human Development and Families

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September 2019 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Methods of Research on Human Development and Families is an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods that teaches students how to be intelligent and critical consumers of research on families. This new book has been adapted from the author team’s previous SAGE text, Methods of Family Research, and includes applications and examples from both family science and human development research. With a focus on interpreting and understanding research techniques rather than doing research, this text illustrates how research on families is conducted and helps students gain the competence and confidence to effectively read, interpret, and critique published research reports.
The Goal of This Text  
To the Student  
To the Instructor  
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  
Study Questions  
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  
Study Questions  
Chapter 3 Causal Inference in Research on Families and Children
Units of Analysis  
Thinking Causally  
Framing the Hypothesis  
Causal Inference in Qualitative Research  
Study Questions  
Chapter 4 Searching and Reading the Literature
Reading a Journal Article  
Where Do I Go From Here?  
How Do Journal Articles Get Published?  
Research Monographs  
Edited Volumes  
Other Types of Publications  
Study Questions  
Chapter 5 Sampling Issues
Defining the Population  
Sampling Designs  
How Large Does the Sample Need to Be?  
How Do We Go About Choosing a Sampling Technique?  
Study Questions  
Chapter 6 How Do We Measure Concepts?
Characteristics of a Good Measurement Procedure  
Levels of Measurement  
What Are Reliability and Validity?  
Some Thoughts on Reliability and Validity  
Study Questions  
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?  
Study Questions  
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  
Study Questions  
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  
Study Questions  
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  
Study Questions  
Chapter 11 Using Other People’s Data
Advantages and Disadvantages of Secondary Analysis  
Data on Children  
Data on Adolescents  
Data on Older Adults  
Data on Families and Households  
Sources of Secondary Data Sets  
Future Trends in Secondary Data Analysis  
Study Questions  
Chapter 12 Analyzing Data on Families and Children
Descriptive Statistics  
Interpreting Cross-Classification Tables  
Inferential Statistics  
Commonly Reported Tests of Statistical Significance  
Some Thoughts About Statistical Analysis  
Study Questions  
Chapter 13 Advanced Topics in Family Data Analysis
The Idea of Nested Entities  
Analyzing Nested Data  
Individual Change Over Time  
Final Thoughts on Nested Entities  
Study Questions  
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  
Study Questions  
Chapter 15 Politics of Research on Families and Children
Political Concerns in Research on Families and Children  
Some Closing Thoughts  


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ISBN: 9781506386065