ERIC Number: ED227139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Theory and Data: Theory Construction Using Linear Structural Models in Family Research.
Acock, Alan C.
Family research has been hindered by a reliance on either empirical relationships or abstract theoretical claims. There has been no effective way to bridge the gap between statistical relationships and theoretical propositions. The application of linear structural equation models helps to bridge this gap. Empirical propositions are not developed. Rather, the statistical relationships between imperfectly measured variables are used to estimate the true effects between theoretical propositions. In this sense theory and method are brought together. This approach to theory construction allows for surplus meaning in theoretical constructs and emphasizes systemic meaning for these concepts. The approach is especially valuable for subjective orientations such as symbolic interaction. It is applied here to an example of family research. (Author/CM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Structural Equation Models; Theory Development
Note: An earlier draft of this paper was presented at the Pre-Conference Workshop on Theory and Research at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Washington, DC, October 12-16, 1982).