|Date||10/08/12 to 10/09/12|
|Location||Nittany Lion Inn, University Park campus|
Advances in research on families will rely on innovations in design, measurement, data collection and data analysis that allow researchers to capture the multi-level complexities of family systems. Methods for studying families are often drawn from research focused on individuals. A theme throughout the symposium is whether and to what extent the same kinds of methods can be applied across levels of analysis—from the individual, to the dyad, to larger family groups. In considering this issue, speakers will address the question of whether new and/or alternative approaches are needed to address the complexities of family phenomena.
The 2012 symposium focuses on four methodological issues: strategies for quantitative analysis of family development and change, approaches to analyzing families as systems, approaches to measuring family dynamics, and new directions in the implementation and evaluation of family-focused social policies and preventive interventions.
Symposium organizers greatly appreciate sponsorship from The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; The following organizations at Penn State: Population Research Institute; Children, Youth and Families Consortium; College of Medicine; Clinical Translational Science Institute; Prevention Research Center; the departments of Sociology, Human Development & Family Studies, Health Policy & Administration, Biobehavioral Health, Anthropology, Psychology, Labor Studies; and Women’s Studies Program.
McHale, S., Amato, P., & Booth, A. (Eds.). (2014). Emerging methods in family research. New York: Springer
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