Here is a link to a useful new (2011) report called Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences.
Citation: Creswell JW, Klassen AC, Plano Clark VL, Smith KC for the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Best practices for mixed methods research in the health sciences. August 2011. National Institutes of Health. Date retrieved. http://obssr.od.nih.gov/mixed_methods_research
Analyzing outcome data from multiple family members requires methods that account for statistical interdependence. The Center for Research on Families at U Mass Amherst offers useful materials and handouts from a presentation at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) titled "The interdependence of family members: Approaches to multilevel modeling" by Aline Sayer, Julianna Smith and Jade Logan.
This monograph is a useful resource for "best practices" in different aspects of developmental (and family) research. Here is a listing of the chapters and authors. It is available through the e-journals on the library website. It is in the Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 2006, Vol 71, No. 3, Serial No. 285.
W. Andrew Collins and Willis F. Overton
INTRODUCTION TO THE MONOGRAPH
Kathleen McCartney, Margaret Burchinal, and Kristen L. Bub
I. DATA MANAGEMENT: RECOMMENDED PRACTICES
Margaret Burchinal and Eloise Neebe
II. MEASUREMENT ISSUES AND PSYCHOMETRIC METHODS IN DEVELOPMENTAL RESEARCH
Richard G. Lambert, Lauren Nelson, Denise Brewer, and Margaret Burchinal
III. MISSING DATA: WHAT TO DO WITH OR WITHOUT THEM
Keith F. Widaman
IV. GROWTH CURVE ANALYSIS: AN INTRODUCTION TO VARIOUS METHODS FOR ANALYZING LONGITUDINAL DATA
Margaret Burchinal, Lauren Nelson, and Michele Poe
V. CONTEMPORARY ADVANCES AND CLASSIC ADVICE FOR ANALYZING MEDIATING AND MODERATING VARIABLES
Eric Dearing and Lawrence C. Hamilton
VI. SELECTION, DETECTION, AND REFLECTION
Kathleen McCartney, Kristen L. Bub,and Margaret Burchinal
VII. THE PRACTICAL IMPORTANCE OF FINDINGS
User-friendly multivariate stats resource
Statnotes: Topics in Multivariate Analysis, by G. David Garson
This ten chapter research methods text is written for both undergraduate and graduate students in education, psychology, and the social sciences. It focuses on the basics of research design and the critical analysis of professional research in the social sciences from developing a theory, selecting subjects, and testing subjects to performing statistical analysis and writing the research report.
Author: Dr. Christopher L. Heffner
Published: March 11, 2004
Web Page with many statistics and methods links
Interactive Tutorial on Analysis of Covariance
ANCOVA web page
Here's an article from Economist.com called
"Why so much medical research is rot"
It focuses on the testing of multiple hypotheses within a study and is worth reading.
Thanks to Yvette for calling this to my attention. Sage has just launched a new journal - the Journal of Mixed Methods Research (i.e., qualitative + quantitative). The first issue is available online, and you can obtain a free subscription to the first year's issues. The following information is taken from Sage's announcement.
The Journal of Mixed Methods Research (JMMR) is the only journal that focuses on empirical, methodological and theoretical articles about mixed methods research across the social, behavioral, health and human sciences. Supported by the premier researchers and practitioners in mixed methods research, such as John Creswell, Abbas Tashakkori, Alan Bryman, Michael Fetters, Donna Mertens, David Morgan, Michael Patton, and Charles Teddlie (to name only a few), each issue explores
* Original mixed methods research that explicitly integrates the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the study
* Methodological and theoretical topics
The First Issue is Now Online
Listed below are the contents of the first issue. To introduce this landmark new journal, SAGE Publications is pleased to offer you free online access to this issue, plus three more in 2007. All you need to do is register today for the free trial.
* Editorial: The New Era of Mixed Methods
* Abbas Tashakkori and John W. Creswell
* Barriers to Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Research
* Alan Bryman
* Social Influences on Fertility: A Comparative Mixed Methods Study in Eastern and Western Germany
* Laura Bernardi, Sylvia Keim, and Holger von der Lippe
* Paradigms Lost and Pragmatism Regained: Methodological Implications of Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
* David L. Morgan
* Mixed Methods Sampling: A Typology With Examples
* Charles Teddlie and Fen Yu
* Media Review: Foundations of Multimethod Research: Synthesizing Styles (2nd ed)
* Manfred Max Bergman
* Media Review: Atlas.ti Software to Assist With the Qualitative Analysis of Data
* Graham R. Gibbs
The newest issue, November 2005, of Journal of Marriage and Family highlights theoretical and methodological issues in studying families. Alan Acock has an article on 'working with missing values' and you will find articles on linking theory and methods, studying dyads using longitudinal methods, two-wave panel analysis, participatory research, comparing statistical programs, and much much more.
"How people have been accepted and treated within the context of a given society or culture has a direct impact on how they perform in that society. The "racial" worldview was invented to assign some groups to perpetual low status, while others were permitted access to privilege, power, and wealth. The tragedy in the United States has been that the policies and practices stemming from this worldview succeeded all too well in constructing unequal populations among Europeans, Native Americans, and peoples of African descent."
Excerpted from the American Anthropological Association's Statement on Race
Study of quantitative research methods includes the study of race and ethnicity. There are a wealth of resources available to family researchers. A few are listed below--I hope others will suggest more.
A History of Race Relations Research: First Generation Recollections, winner of the Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Book Award, by John Stanfield.
Race and Ethnicity in Research Methods (quantitative and qualitative) edited by Dennis and Stanfield, This book includes 13 articles, one of which is by Samuel L. Myers, a noted University of Minnesota scholar.
For a current perspective on the role of race and ethnicity in U.S. society listen to NPR podcasts on race.
Do available quantitative methods help us advance family research based on systems theories? Which methods are particularly useful when theory suggests systems and subsystems are mutually influencing? If cultural, economic, and social systems, as well as family interaction patterns, are mutually influencing, what do we take as our unit of analysis?
Resources on system theory:
Rosenblatt, P.C. Metaphors of Family Systems Theory, 1994
Sameroff, A. J. Developmental Systems: Contexts and Evolution, Handbook on Child Development, Theoretical Models of Human Development, 4th edition.
Principia Cybernetica Web
Or, for a brief definition of systems theory see more...
Systems theories often involve interdisciplinary approaches that seek to understand elements in relation. They emphasize self-organizing properties of elements and subsystems in hierarchical systems. They are based on many different metaphors. A few key assumptions may include:
1. Wholeness or the sum is more than the parts. In order to understand a system it is necessary to look at relationships between parts. Systems thinkers might say, "properties emerge at the systems level."
2. Systems are self-regulating. Systems maintain and/or adapt to internal or environmental stimuli. A system requires some stability to exist.
3. System hierarchy: systems with sufficient stability often develop more complex hierarchies, potentially increasing their stability.
Systemic metaphors can jolt us out of our every day thinking about families and relationships. Every theory contains linguistic metaphor. Language and culture are inextricably linked and when we explore a new system metaphor we also explore how theory is rooted in culture. System theory can help us understand how we organize our thinking and how we might reorganize our thinking to gain insight.
See the Special Issue: Methodology in Family Science in the Journal of Family Psychology , March 2005, Volume 19, No. 1, for useful articles on quantitative and qualitative family research methods. There are articles on survival analysis, cluster analysis, moderator effects, the actor-partner interdependence model, and more. There are also case studies in Sourcebook of Family Theory & Research, 2005.