"This volume provides valuable guidelines and information to the
family studies research. Each chapter contains thought provoking
exercises and a reference list. Anyone considering a family
needs to read this volume before beginning. While no single
can provide a complete roadmap, this text provides a good
points out major roadblocks. However, one should not get the
this volume is for the researcher only. Anyone who works in the
family therapy arena will benefit from the insights provided,
especially as they read the literature to keep current."
"Studying Families is a very practical, down-to-earth book about
how to study families from a psychological perspective. . . .
authors present insightful discussions of research issues
when studying multiple members of the same family and when the
objective is to measure properties of the family as a group.
a well-balanced presentation of the advantages, disadvantages,
techniques of using observations and self-reports to collect
from family members. . . . We recommend Studying Families as a
useful supplemental text for psychologists who need to teach
research the family."
"I assigned Studying Families as a text for a graduate class in
Family Research Methods. My students and I gave the book rave
reviews; it was extremely readable, concise, and thorough. It
introduced us to a state-of-the-art thinking in family research.
It often helped us to clarify confusing concepts we were
from other family readings. This book should be extremely
anyone engaged in the process of thinking about family research
--Leslie Brody, Boston University
"In Studying Families, Anne Copeland and Kathleen White present
concise, well-written, and extremely interesting discussion of
several distinct issues related to family research. Their
is rather characteristic, in that rather than reviewing basic
science research methodology, they have chosen to outline very
succinctly the unique (and often problematic) aspects of
relevant to the study of families. . . . Each chapter concludes
a set of challenging exercises and a list of suggested readings.
This book, along with the supplementary readings, would be
in a course on family research methods, in which students had
completed a basic social science research methods course. It
will make a valuable addition to every family researcher's
of resource materials."
--The Journal of Marriage and the Family
By exploring the special issues and problems related to research
families, Copeland and White show the reader how the techniques
needed to study families differ from the standard methods used
study individuals. In addition to covering such techniques as
report and observational methods, the book includes suggestions
the use of existing data and an evaluation of the problems with
secondary data use, as well as the considerations necessary for
aggregating data and performing analyses. Through a focus on the
issues involved in assessing individuals, their relationships,
families, Studying Families offers a guide through the complex
challenges inherent in doing family research.