ERIC Number: ED155540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct-11
Pilgrim's Progress III: A Trend Analysis of Family Theory and Methodology.
Hodgson, James W.; Lewis, Robert A.
Exciting developments in family theory construction over the past few years demand a constant survey and evaluation of measurable progress. This paper documents some developmental trends that have taken place in the use of family theory and in the theory construction itself, as well as the relation of theory to advances in methodology. In summary, the findings of this trend analysis are: first, it is evident that the relative lack of family theory continues. Second, in respect to the utilization of conceptual frameworks, family researchers continue to study the family from an individual rather than an interactional perspective. No marked changes are noted either in the type of data-gathering techniques used nor in the size of the samples utilized. Thus, the trends reveal a slow but steady improvement in the use of theories as bases for articles published in the family field. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (San Diego, California, October 12-15, 1977)