Academic journal article Family Relations

A Note from the Guest Editors*

Academic journal article Family Relations

A Note from the Guest Editors*

Article excerpt

As we evaluated papers for the December 2005 special issue on families and communities, we realized that we would have more publishable papers than we had space for them in a single issue. Consequently, we decided to include the three papers using qualitative methods in a special collection for publication in 2006. We are pleased to introduce you to these papers, which represent research from an enriched qualitative perspective. Consistent with the papers on families and communities published in the December 2005 issue of Family Regions, these qualitative approaches access theory to frame important inquiries into the nexus of family and community phenomena and use theory and research to inform professional practice.

MacTavish and Salamon examine the developmental pathways experienced by youth in a rural trailer park and explain the interplay of workingpoor class status, the trailer park ecology, and surrounding small town community factors. Using a combination of data collection methods, including field observations, in-home interviews with parents and youth, and a review of youths' school records, their findings illustrate the mutual influences among individual, family, and community level factors.

McBride, Sherraden, and Pritzker use in-depth interviews and rigorous coding and analysis procedures to explore dimensions of civic engagement among low-income, low-wealth families, noting that these families face numerous barriers to being actively engaged. …

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