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Challenges in Researching the Remarried

Lillian M. Esses and Richard Campbell
Family Relations
Vol. 33, No. 3, Remarriage and Stepparenting (Jul., 1984), pp. 415-424
DOI: 10.2307/584712
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584712
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Abstract

Despite the growing number of books and articles which document, explore and analyze steprelationships, much of our understanding of the stepfamily continues to be based on anecdotal reports. The scarcity of rigorous studies examining stepfamily functioning and adjustment reflects the methodological complexities of studying families generally, in addition to problems that are specific to research with stepfamily populations. Here difficulties in doing research with stepfamilies are discussed at each stage of the research process: (1) formulating the research problem, (2) selecting a research sample and design, (3) collecting the data, (4) analyzing the data, and (5) interpreting the results. Practical guidelines are outlined and recommendations are given to overcome common methodological obstacles.

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