You are here

Qualitative Methods for Family Studies and Human Development

Qualitative Methods for Family Studies and Human Development

February 2007 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Providing a systematic outline for carrying out qualitative projects from start to finish, author Kerry Daly uniquely combines epistemology, theory, and methodology into a comprehensive package illustrated specifically with examples from family relations and human development research.
Chapter 1: Qualitative Research and the Art of Learning to See
Learning to See

The Paradox of Learning to See

Paradox of Control and our Ability to See

Lessons From the Art World: Positioning Ourselves to See Fully

Drawing Informs Research: The Cultivation of Perceptual Skills

Chapter 2: Epistemological Considerations in Qualitative Research


Epistemology and Paradigms: Implications for Doing Qualitative Research

Chapter 3: Paths of Inquiry for Qualitative Research



Induction, Deduction and Abduction in Practice: Cycles of Inquiry

Chapter 4: Ontology of the Human Realm: Theoretical Foundations for Qualitative Inquiry
Ontology and the Nature of Human Reality

Ontological Assumptions About Human Development

Ontological Assumptions About Families

Ontology Shapes Inquiry

Chapter 5: Methodology: How Theory Shapes Inquiry
Ethnography and the Study of Culture

Phenomenology: The Study of Conscious Experience

Grounded Theory Methodology

Narrative Inquiry: The Study of Story

Critical Approaches: The Tradition of Feminist Inquiry and the Example of Participatory Action Research

Chapter 6: Methods of Data Collection and Creation


Focus Groups

Chapter 7: Research design: Constructing a Research Proposal
What Kind of Chef Are You?

Level I: Philosophical and Methodological Positioning

Level II: Developing a Research Proposal

Overview of the Research Plan: Practical Considerations

Chapter 8: Positioning the Self: Role Considerations and the Practices of Reflexivity
Dimensions of Reflexive Practice

Why Do We Do Reflexivity?

Reflexivity in Family Research

Reflexivity and Social Positioning

Balancing Vulnerability and Researcher Presence

Chapter 9: Analytical Strategies
What is Analysis in Qualitative Research?

Analysis for What?

Transcription as Part of Analysis

Analytic Approaches in Various Methodologies

The Diamond Approach: A Theory Development Model for Qualitative Data Analysis

Chapter 10: Integrity Practices: Ethics, Credibility and Politics of Conducting Qualitative Research
Ethical Guidelines

Informed Consent

Protecting Participants Through Confidentiality and Anonymity


Credibility issues



"Daly has crafted one of the most accessible, comprehensive, and functional texts in research methods that students, scholars, and practitioners concerned with understanding family and development will immensely appreciate."

Carla L. Fisher
The Pennsylvania State University
Journal of Family Communication

I have adopted this book as an eseential text for this course. It gives both a good overview of the different research methods and also raises critical issues about using qualitative methods for family research

Ms Clarissa Sammut Scerri
Psychology , University of Malta
October 6, 2012

Kerry J. Daly

Kerry J. Daly (Ph.D., Sociology, McMaster University) is a full professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph.  In over a decade of teaching a graduate course on qualitative methods, he has had students from his own interdisciplinary department as well as students from Psychology, Sociology, Nursing and Nutrition, thus sensitizing him to the many different values and procedures that exist across the varied audiences and disciplines that contribute to family studies.  With Jane Gilgun and Gerald Handel, he co-edited the book "Qualitative Methods in Family Research" (Sage... More About Author

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781412914031
ISBN: 9781412914024

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.