ERIC Number: ED297020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Comparing Two Methods of Analyzing Problem Solving Interactions.
Hurlbut, Nancy L.; Kieren, Dianne K.
A marker method (MM) and a rating method (RM) for testing a phasing hypothesis of family problem-solving interactions (PSIs) are compared. Focus was on studying the procedure employed in each method to test a phasing hypothesis of problem solving and how the methods compare against a set of criteria. In the RM, each family problem-solving episode was rated on the degree to which the behavior fit the criteria for orderly problem solving. The MM consisted of four stages: (1) introduction; (2) generation and assessment of alternatives; (3) resolution; and (4) decision. Data from a previous study of nine healthy, well functioning families (each including an adolescent) were analyzed using each method. PSIs were measured through laboratory videotaped family interactions involving two types of problem-solving tasks. The taped interactions were coded using a 26-category taxonomy developed to assess conflict resolution. Results indicate that both methods offer efficient procedures for testing the phasing hypothesis of family problem-solving behavior. The RM scored higher on more of the criteria than did the MM. Eight tables and three figures are included. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Atlanta, GA, November 1987). For related documents, see TM 011 987 and TM 011 989.