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Understanding Families Through  Theory and Research  Part One
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Social Science Research Research- to study through the process  of scholarly inquiry Social Science   the scholarly discipline  used to examine society and  relationships
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Research Methods Survey Observation Experimental design Case study
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Surveys A well constructed survey is: Unbiased Has clear instructions Is easily understood Has carefully worded questions Questions are not too vague or precise Questions are non-objectionable Is worth the respondent s time
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Survey Drawbacks Response bias   over-reporting or  underreporting certain behaviors Validity - refers to accuracy; the  definition reflects what is being  measured; therefore the wording of  questions can lead to biased results
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Observation Research Observation Systematically planned Data are also gathered and recorded  systematically Systematic checks and balances used to  determine reliability and validity
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