ERIC Number: ED234916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Structural Analysis of Parent-Child Research Models.
Sigel, Irving E.
Structural models and classes of variables used in parent/child research are identified, and their implications are briefly discussed. The five types of research models appraised are noninteractive, unidirectional, bidirectional, family network, and sociopolitical. It is asserted that, taken together, the typology of models provides a system by which most studies in the field of parent/child research can be classified. Covering the content of most existing research, four categories of research variables are listed. These include family demographics, psychological characteristics/status, parent behaviors/actions, and child outcomes. Limitations of previous research are pointed out, and directions for future research are specified. It is concluded that, at the present time, parent/child research can move in the direction of greater complexity and that the greatest challenge facing researchers is the construction of a developmental conceptualization of family process and practice. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (50th, Detroit, MI, April 21-24, 1983).