Rethinking Family Development: Critical Conceptual Issues in the Study of Diverse Groups


Journal Article

This article discusses conceptual issues that should be considered in re-evaluating family development perspectives as they apply to the study of ethnically diverse populations. Four issues are identified: values and value orientations; hidden or conditioned theoretical assumptions; accepted conceptual frameworks; and limited methodologies used in the study of families. We focus on identifying how these issues have limited ways of thinking about family development among ethnically and racially diverse populations. Suggestions are made to help guide researchers' theoretical and conceptual formulations in developing research agendas that include studying family development among diverse populations. © 1996, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

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Cited Authors

  • Dilworth Anderson, P; Burton, LM

Published Date

  • January 1, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 325 - 334

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0265-4075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0265407596133002

Citation Source

  • Scopus