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Leon Kuczynski & Kerry Daly

In: Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations

Chapter 18: Qualitative Methods for Inductive (Theory-Generating) Research: Psychological and Sociological Approaches

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Qualitative Methods for Inductive (Theory-Generating) Research: Psychological and Sociological Approaches
Qualitative methods for inductive (theory-generating) research: Psychological and sociological approaches
LeonKuczynskiKerryDaly

For much of its history, research in parent-child relations has been a theory-testing enterprise. Socialization theories, with roots in psychoanalysis, behaviorism, and structural functionalism, were especially important in providing early research questions, variables, and causal hypotheses. Parental behaviors and children's behaviors were interesting only to the extent that they could be conceptualized, respectively, as causes or outcomes of a socialization process that was assumed to have taken place. The specific variables that were identified as the focus of theory testing were deduced from theories in vogue during a particular era (Grusec, 1997). More recently, theories having to do with bidirectional and systemic effects have been the ...

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