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Research Report:

Methodological Issues in Developing a Quantitative Approach to the Study of Family Transactions

by Céline Le Bourdais

This discussion paper examines key methodological issues in developing a quantitative approach to the study of family transactions. The paper concludes by observing that family dynamics should be studied with at least three complementary approaches: by analysing data from the already numerous surveys that collect information on the family; by building on existing surveys through the addition of new sections or panels that address specific items; and by designing a new cross-sectional/retrospective survey that aims both to oversample given categories of respondents and families and to directly study family transactions.

Release Date: 2 Oct 1998
Number of pages: 12
Document number: 15921