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Qualitative Methods for Family Studies and Human Development serves as a step-by-step, interdisciplinary, qualitative methods text for those working in the areas of family studies, human development, family therapy, and family social work. Providing a systematic outline for carrying out qualitative projects from start to finish, author Kerry J. Daly uniquely combines epistemology, theory, and methodology into a comprehensive package illustrated specifically with examples from family relations and human development research.

Research Design: Constructing a Research Proposal
Research design: Constructing a research proposal

When I was learning about qualitative methods in the early 1980s as a doctoral student, I remember speaking at the time with a faculty member who suggested I stop worrying so much about “how to do it right” and “get out there and rap with them.” While this was not exactly an epiphany, or a formula for succeeding in my methods comprehensive exams, it was one of those pivotal but paradoxical moments. Of course it was absolutely true—at the heart of qualitative research, we interact with others, we listen, and we seek to understand, at close range, how others experience life. Sometimes the biggest challenge is getting our heads out of the how-to books ...

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