Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research

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This is a book about the process of research about families. Its focus is on epistemology in family studies - the origin, nature, and limits of knowledge about families - an on how we can develop more effective theories and methods to advance that knowledge. The book is caled "sourcebook" because the authors hope readers will use this volume as a companion while they develop their own studies of families and familylike relationships. The primary objectiv for this Sourcebook is inclusivness. Thefore the ideas and backgrounds of the authors vary by race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, seniority, religion, and professional affilation, as well as byond North American contributors, involving European and Asian family scholars as well. The volume include also the most salient theorizing beeing done today on as wide a variety of family issues as possible. The second objective was to engage the readers in interaction - both with the text and with the volume's companion Web site. There are lists of additional readings, exercises, and most of the chapters feature a "Spotligth on Theory" and a "Spotlight on Methods" in which scholars present important insights from their ongoing research. Most chapters also include at least one case study that illustrates the experiences of one researcher or team in regard to research associated with the capter's topic. Third, the authors wanted to focus on the process rather than the outcome of theory. So the authors focus on the process of theory building and methods development rather than on summarizing existing findings to date on family issues. Fourth, the volume mix methods and theory in as many chapters as possible, emphasizing specialy the multimethod approaches in family research, breaking down some of the artificail barriers between qualitative and quantitative methods.
 

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Contents

Spotlight on Methods
17
Contemporary and Emerging Theories in Studying Families
35
Case Study
50
Contemporary and Emerging Research Methods in Studying Families
59
Case Study
65
Case Study
77
Discussion and Extension
83
A Family Demographic Perspective
93
Case Study
352
Influences of Parents and Sihlings
367
Spotlight on Methods
379
Discussion and Extension
385
Spotlight on Methods
403
Case Study
411
Culture Cognition and Parenthood
423
Spotlight on Theory
429

Spotlight on Theory
101
Case Study
108
Family Composition and Family Transitions
119
Case Study
134
A Model for Family Studies
143
Case Study
157
Theorizing and Studying Sihling Ties in Adulthood
167
Spotlight on Theory
173
Spotlight on Methods
179
Ecological Changes in Ethnic Families of Color
191
Spotlight on Methods
199
Discussion and Extension
206
The Case of Extrusion in Stepfamilies
213
Spotlight on Theory
220
Spotlight on Methods
226
Discussion and Extension
233
Part IIL Changing Family Interactions Within and Across Generations
239
Spotlight on Theory
248
Theorizing Ahout Marriage
263
Spotlight on Methods
274
Case Study
281
Multilevel Methods
289
Discussion and Extension
307
Theorizing Ahout Aggression
315
Case Study
332
Case Study
436
Spotlight on Methods
457
Socioeconomic Status and Childhood
469
Case Study
484
Theorizing
493
Spotlight on Methods
501
Case Study
507
Religion and Families
517
Spotlight on Theory
523
Discussion and Extension
533
Families Theories and Social Policy
543
Spotlight on Methods
552
Discussion and Extension
560
Preparing the Next Generation of Family Scholars
567
Spotlight on Theory
573
Spotlight on Methods
581
Teaching Methods of Family Research
593
Spotlight on Methods
599
Case Study
607
An Epilogue
613
Spotlight on Theory
626
Suhject Index
647
Ahout the Editors
665
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Vern Bengtson is the AARP/University Chair in Gerontology and Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. He has published 15 books and over 220 articles in gerontology, the sociology of the life course, family sociology, social psychology, and ethnicity and aging. He was elected President of the Gerontological Society of America and has been granted a MERIT award from the National Institute on Aging for his 35-year Longitudinal Study of Generations. Bengtson’s honors include (twice) the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council of Family Relations (1980 and 1986); the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Sociological Association’s section on aging (1995); the Robert W. Kleemeier Award from the Gerontological Society of America (1996); and the Ernest W. Burgess Award from the National Council on Family Relations (1998). In addition he has received several awards for teaching, which has provided his greatest satisfaction throughout his career.

Alan Acock (Ph.D., Washington State University) is Professor and former Chair of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University. He has also taught at Louisiana State University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Southern California. Alan has published 4 books, 20 book chapters, and 120 articles. He is a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations, a winner of the Reuben Hill Award, several awards for teaching, and his book on Family Diversity and Well-Being received the 1995 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book. Alan has held elected offices in the American Sociological Association and the National Council on Family Relations. His substantive research has been on the effects of family structure on the well-being of family members and on intergenerational relations. He is currently investigating the effects of fathers returning to families after incarceration. He has served on editorial boards of several substantive journals including the Journal of Marriage and Family. His methodological research has focused on structural equation modeling and missing values. He is currently writing a book on Stata. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Structural Equation Modeling.

Katherine R. Allen (Ph.D., Syracuse University) is Professor of Family Studies and adjunct professor of Women's Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her primary academic interests are in family diversity over the life course, feminism and family studies, and qualitative research methods. She is also interested in feminist and anti-racist pedagogy and women's leadership in higher education. She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Family Issues, Family Relations, Journal of Aging Studies, and Journal of GLBT Family Studies. She was co-editor of the Handbook of Family Diversity (Oxford University Press, 2000) with David Demo and Mark Fine, the co-author of Women and Families: Feminist Reconstructions with Kristine Baber (Guilford, 1992), and the author of Single Women/Family Ties: Life Histories of Older Women (Sage, 1989), has served as a contributing author in a number of Sage titles (e.g., Hendrick & Hendrick's Close Relationships: A Sourcebook, McKenry/Price's Families & Change, 3/e), and is a prolific author of journal articles.



David M. Klein is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. His current research is on relationship formation, assessment, and dissolution. He co-edited the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research, and has served as Chair and Archivist of the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop. He also has been Treasurer of the National Council on Family Relations, and Chair of its Research and Theory Section. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations.

Peggye Dilworth-Anderson (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is Director, Center for Aging and Diversity in the Institute on Aging at Chapel Hill and Professor of Health Policy and Administration in the School of Public Health. She earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1975 and also received training in family therapy from the Family Institute of Chicago, Institute of Psychiatry, Northwestern University. In 1989 she received additional training in family issues and Alzheimer's disease from the Harvard Geriatric Education Center. Her research and publications have included both theoretically and empirically-based topics on ethnic minority families, with emphasis on older African-Americans. In addition to being cited in professional journals, her work has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, and numerous local and regional newspapers. She has received funding to support her research from the National Institute on Aging, the Administration on Aging, the March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association and GalxoSmithKline.

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