Comparative Family Study Through Multiple Member Measures: A Methodological Note


Family, individuals, member measurement, sociology


Straus (1964), analyzing problems associated with family measure argued that " a discipline concerned with groups cannot depend on measurement of the characteristics of individuals, or, in most cases, on the sum of the properties of individuals making up the group. Instead, it is necessary to move to the next level of abstraction and develop ways of measuring great properties. A corollary to this position is that a discipline dedicated to comparative family research and theory cannot depend upon the measurement of the characteristics of that group using data derived from only one family member in one cultural or national context. Family researchers ha aware of this fundamental problem for some time but, unfortunate family journals are not pregnant with reports stemming from research more than one family member in more than one culture as their so information. Aside from some attempts to include both husband a in the measurement of conjugal power in multiple cultures (see Safilios-R child, 1969 and 1970 for relevant research) and cross-national labor studies of families (see Straus, 1967 and 1968 for examples), the liter almost void of measurement of multiple family members in m Culture

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"""Comparative Family Study Through Multiple Member Measurement: A , Methodological Note,"" Journal of Comparative Family Study 3 (Fall):292-295 (with J. Calonico)."

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Assistant Professor