ERIC Number: ED227406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Path Analysis: A Link between Family Theory and Reseach.
Rank, Mark R.; Sabatelli, Ronald M.
This paper discusses path analysis and the applicability of this methodology to the field of family studies. The statistical assumptions made in path analysis are presented along with a description of the two types of models within path analysis, i.e., recursive and non-recursive. Methods of calculating in the path model and the advantages of using the path model over multiple regression are presented in a series of tables which illustrate each step in the process. The second section of the paper discusses the application of path analysis to family studies in three situations: family crisis, divorce, and marital power. Characteristics of each of the three hypothetical situations are described in detail and the path model of research for each situation is discussed and graphically illustrated in accompanying figures. The conclusion emphasizes path analysis as the link providing the needed reciprocity between theory and research. (MCF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD. Center for Population Research.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center for Demography and Ecology.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Washington, DC, October 13-16, 1982).