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Empirical Research and Theory
Empirical research and theory

Since Lavee and Dollahite (1991) reported a remarkable and regrettable lack of theory used in empirical studies of families, there has been almost no discernible change in this state of affairs. Indeed, this sad state of affairs has also been documented in the area of family therapy research (Hawley & Geske, 2000). This chapter focuses on what I believe are some of the factors creating a disjunction between theory and empirical research, some reasons why it is absolutely necessary to change this disjunction, and finally some suggestions for students and researchers in regard to formulating testable theoretical propositions and interpreting findings.

The Disjunction between Theory and Research

Lavee and Dollahite (1991) reviewed articles published in the major journals for family ...

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