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Advancing Family Theories explores two contemporary theories of the family - rational choice theory and transition theory. These diametrically different approaches illuminate what differing theories reveal about families. The book also discusses how meta-theories can assist in building and refining theory and offers insight on the "understanding versus explanation" debate. Advancing Family Theories gives students a precise notion of what a theory is and how theories work in research. The book not only looks at philosophical realms but also examines particular substantive theory to explain and predict family behaviors.Advancing Family Theories Family Theories, Second Edition (SAGE, 2002), or is effective on its own. The book helps students with the task of taking abstract and very general theories and reducing them to a level of specific research models and hypotheses.

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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