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Review: THE FILIPINO FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND NATION: DESCRIPTION OR POLICY ANALYSIS?

Reviewed Work: The Filipino Family, Community and Nation by Emma Porio, Frank Lynch, Mary Hollnsteiner
Review by: ARTHUR R. WILLIAMS
Philippine Sociological Review
Vol. 27, No. 3 (July 1979), pp. 235-242
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23892393
Page Count: 8
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THE FILIPINO FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND NATION: DESCRIPTION OR POLICY ANALYSIS?
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Abstract

Groups of data are not relevant and not supportive to the policy analysis of a PSSC-sponsored survey of 15 urbanizing areas in the Philippines. A comparative review of the sampling design and methods the survey used and a later MLGCD investigation explained the differences in the research outputs. Before data can be sensitively interpreted: (a) proper weighting must be assigned to groups from various socio-economic statuses, (b) locational comparisons of respondents should be made using local government units and a rural-urban-transitional trichotomy as points of comparison, (c) open-ended questions than forced-choice ones may be given preference, (d) macro-economic environment must be given consideration, and (e) the temptation to leap from description to inference must be avoided.

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