A Mixed-Methods Social Networks Study Design for Research on Transnational Families
Bernardi, Laura, Journal of Marriage and Family
This paper advocates the adoption of a mixed-methods research design to describe and analyze ego-centered social networks in transnational family research. Drawing on the experience of the "Social Networks Influences on Family Formation" project (2004-2005; see Bernardi, Keim, & von der Lippe, 2007a, 2007b), I show how the combined use of network generators and semistructured interviews (N = 116) produces unique data on family configurations and their impact on life course choices. A mixed-methods network approach presents specific advantages for research on children in transnational families. On one hand, quantitative analyses are crucial for reconstructing and measuring the …
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Publication information: Article title: A Mixed-Methods Social Networks Study Design for Research on Transnational Families. Contributors: Bernardi, Laura - Author. Journal title: Journal of Marriage and Family. Volume: 73. Issue: 4 Publication date: August 2011. Page number: 788+. © 2002 Journal of Marriage and Family. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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