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Chapter2: HowtoStudy MarriageandtheFamily HDFS 1300 Development of Contemporary Families Dept. of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences University of Houston Dr. Jordan LectureGuidingQuestion Whatresearchmethodsare commonlyused to study marriagesand the family? Ouroldfriend… THESCIENTIFICMETHOD ResearchMethods: T woBasicT ypes QUANTITATIVE: usenumericaldatato test QUALITATIVE: explore/examinea a specificallydefinedhypothesiswithparticularresearchquestionusingthemes, “if-then”statementin mind oftento gathermoreinformationabouta topic Hypothesis example: Research question example: Experiment Case study Surveys Ethnography Observations Focus group Secondary data analysis _____________________________: the Experiment factor that the researcher manipulates (or Highlycontrolledstudyto changes) based on the experimental trial determineifanindependent or the condition (or group) that a subject variablehasa specificeffecton a is placed in dependentvariable ____________________________: the Advantages: you can be more factor that changes based on changes in confident that the independent the independent variable variable truly affects the dependent variable (or truly does not) ____________________________: Disadvantages: expensive, time- factors that remain constant across all consuming, tight controls mean experimental trials and conditions that the results might not translate to events in the real world Examples: Experiment Highlycontrolledstudyto determineifanindependent variablehasa specificeffecton a dependentvariable Examples: Surveys A relativelylargenumberof people respondto questionsbyphone, Internet,inperson,or mail Advantages: cheap, can obtain a larger sample Disadvantages: closed-ended questions mean people have to respond using only the predetermined answer choices— their preferred answer might not even be an option, might not read survey completely or understand it, social desirability, may not be aware of their own behavior Examples: Systematic Observations Developa planforobservinga specifictypeof situationto learn moreaboutit andrecordyour observationsina systematicway Advantages: useful with children, useful for observing behaviors that people are not aware that they are engaging in (and thus cannot report accurately on a survey) Disadvantages: expensive, time- consuming, people may behave differently if they are aware that they are being observed Examples: SecondaryData Analysis Researchanalyzesdatathathas alreadybeencollectedina new way Advantages: relatively cheap, often existing data sets have large sample sizes Disadvantages: variables of interest might not be directly measured in the existing data set, no data may exist on your topic at all Examples: CaseStudy Verydetailed,in-depthexamination of a singleindividualor a small numberof people Advantages: provides much more detailed description about the individual/family and the surrounding environment, can help us learn more about rare situations or new areas of research Disadvantages: results cannot be easily applied to the general population Examples: Ethnography A researcherattemptsto immerse herselfor himselfintothelivesof thegroupbeingstudied Advantages: rich, detailed information, helpful for examining new areas of research about which little is known Disadvantages: time-consuming, people behave differently around outsiders, researcher might unknowingly change people’s behavior, results may not apply to other groups FocusGroup Open-endeddiscussionof a small groupof peopleinwhichthe researcherasksseveral predeterminedquestionsto learn moreaboutthegroup’sperspective on a topic Advantages: relatively cheap, can be used to involve informants in the process of generating new hypotheses or research questions Disadvantages: small group may not generalize to other perspectives, requires a skilled group facilitator for valid data QuestionstoConsiderWhileReading: 1. Familydevelopmenttheoriesdescribehow familiesdevelopandchangeovertime.The followingarethreecommonfamilydevelopmenttheories: 1) familylifecycle,2) familylife course,and3) familycareer.Howarethesethreetheoriesdifferentfromoneanother?How aretheysimilar? 2. Thefollowingarethreetheoreticalperspectivesthatarecommonlyusedto explainhow familiesinfluenceindividuals: 1) functionalism,2) conflicttheory,and3) symbolic interactionism.How arethesethreetheoriesdifferentfromoneanother? 3. Whattypes of stressorsaffectthe family? Canyourelateto anyof thesestressors? Didany of themaffectyourown familyof origin? 4. Whattypesof strengthsexistsin familiesandhelpcreatestrongfamilies?Canyourelateto anyof them?Wereanyof thempresentin yourown familyof origin? Please note that these are NOT the ONLY questions to consider. I am giving you some ideas for engaging in active reading and studying. Anything in your textbook is “fair game” for future exams, so read, study, and take notes on all of the topics. CONTACTINFO: Dr.Jordan: OR through Blackboard messenger YourTA: Don’tbeafraid Ask your designated TA questions toreachoutto during the breakout group or through Blackboard messenger uswith questions!


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