MILITARY FAMILY RESEARCH: METHODOLOGICAL LESSONS LEARNED, OFTEN THE HARD WAY

  • Walter Schumm School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University, 1700 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66506-1403

Abstract

Some of the advantages and the pitfalls of planning and conducting military family research are discussed.  Family theory remains critical to research on military families but needs to be combined with detailed knowledge of the issues faced by military families.  The military’s concerns about family privacy can lead to tensions with the researcher’s need to define population and sample characteristics, as well as to obtain high response rates through systematic follow-up of potential survey respondents.  Researchers may find an easier path to publication for research that sounds like “good news”, while research that seems like “bad news” may be suppressed, disguised, or managed in a variety of ways.  Because of the complexities of military life and military family life it may be very useful to bring military personnel or veterans into your research group when developing and testing theories about military family life.   

Published
2019-06-27
How to Cite
SCHUMM, Walter. MILITARY FAMILY RESEARCH: METHODOLOGICAL LESSONS LEARNED, OFTEN THE HARD WAY. Archives of Psychology, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 3, june 2019. ISSN 2573-7902. Available at: <https://archivesofpsychology.org/index.php/aop/article/view/88>. Date accessed: 25 aug. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.31296/aop.v3i3.88.
Section
Research Articles

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