Methodology in family science: introduction to the special issue. Academic Article uri icon


  • Methodology influences every facet of scientific inquiry including the processes of framing questions, operationalizing constructs, sampling individuals within populations and observations within persons, analyzing data, and bringing meaning to the results. This introduction to the special issue on methodology emphasizes the recursive interaction of research methodology and theories underlying family science. Because the science of family psychology is richly complex, so too must the methods for examining couple and family phenomena be equally diverse. Articles comprising this special issue vary in their emphasis on research design versus data-analytic techniques and on confirmatory versus discovery-oriented strategies. The special issue is intended to advance not only the conduct of family science but also the understanding and integration of an increasingly complex research literature by those engaged in education and clinical interventions. ((c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).

published proceedings

  • J Fam Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Snyder, D. K., & Kazak, A. E.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Snyder, Douglas K||Kazak, Anne E

publication date

  • March 2005