Chapter 1: Why Study Families & Other Close Relationships
Family: a relationship by blood, marriage, or affection, in which members may cooperate economically, may care for children, & may consider their identity to be intimately connected to the larger group.
The U.S. Census Bureau
Two or more people living together who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption.
Family of Orientation: the family that you are born into.
Family of procreation: the Family you make through marriage, partnering, &/or parenthood.
Fictive kin: Nonrelatives whose bonds are strong & intimate.
Marriage: an institutional agreement between persons to publicly recognize social & intimate bonds.
Socially legitimate sexual union
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Examine factors that predict or are associated with
Explain the cause-and-effect relationships
Examine the meanings & interpretations
Example: because of research, we know that violence among intimates is a serious and pervasive social problem.
Survey: a form of research that gathers information about attitudes or behaviors through the answers that people give to questions.
Random Sample: A sample in which every “person of interest” has an equal chance of being selected into your research study.
In-depth interview: a research method that allows an interviewer to obtain detailed responses to questions.
Experiment: a controlled method for determining cause & effect.
Focus group: a small interview of people who are brought together to discuss a particular topic.
Observational study: research method that goes into the natural setting & observes people in action.
Secondary analysis: a research method in which the data were collected for some other purpose but still are useful to the researcher.
Quantitative research: research that focuses on data that can be measured