8-30-07 How sociologists study families

8-30-07 How sociologists study families - SOCI 130 8/30/07...

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SOCI 130 8/30/07 How do sociologists study families? Scientific process - Collect and observe data of real families and the people in them - Using objective scientific method - Very difficult to be objective - Sociologists don’t just study families – they live in them - Many sociologists become sociologists because they have strong moral convictions - Formulate a hypothesis about the relationships between stuff (i.e. relationship between teen pregnancy and education) Surveys - Can’t manipulate social behavior so have to use surveys - Social science surveys are random – everyone of interest has equal opportunity of being in the study - The more people used in a survey, the more variations in response by category can be seen - Surveys go out by phone, by mail, and face to face - Age heaping – women underreport age (lots of 29, 39, 49 year old women) - Longitudinal – measure same thing over time - Weaknesses of surveys o Selective groups respond (old, educated, wealthy) o People lie o Screening calls o Responses are only as good as the questions o
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOCI 130 taught by Professor Cohen during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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8-30-07 How sociologists study families - SOCI 130 8/30/07...

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