ERIC Number: EJ722990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 42
Studying Individual and Family Development: Linking Theory and Research
Journal of Marriage and Family, v67 n4 p880-890 Nov 2005
The predominant theoretical orientation of the majority of scientists studying human behavioral development and family functioning is derived from systems models. These theories are dynamic in their conceptualization and emphasize process and context. To a large extent, the analytic strategies we employ are not consistent with our theoretical assumptions. Analytic methods that focus on moderating and mediating processes rather than main effects, on within-group variability and the sources of that variability, and on the identification of interrelated patterns of change in individuals, families, and environments are needed for our research results to mirror the complexity of our theories.
Descriptors: Individual Development, Behavior Development, Social Theories, Research Methodology, Family (Sociological Unit), Evaluation Methods, Family Relationship, Behavioral Science Research
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