Penn State’s 20th Annual Symposium on Family Issues

Emerging Methods in Family Research
When Oct 08, 2012 08:30 AM to
Oct 09, 2012 04:00 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom
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Advances in research on families will rely on innovations in design, measurement, data collection and data analysis that allow researchers to capture the multi-level complexities of family systems. Methods for studying families are often drawn from research focused on individuals. A theme throughout the symposium will be whether and to what extent the same kinds of methods can be applied across levels of analysis—from the individual, to the dyad, to larger family groups. In considering this issue, speakers will address the question of whether new and/or alternative approaches are needed to address the complexities of family phenomena.


The symposium will focus on four methodological issues: strategies for quantitative analysis of family development and change, approaches to analyzing families as systems, approaches to measuring family dynamics, and new directions in the implementation and evaluation of family-focused social policies and preventive interventions.


A complete program and online registration are now available at