In addition to hundreds of new references features new to this edition include: a comprehensive introduction to qualitative methods including a review of existing computer applications for collecting and analyzing data; the latest information about the use of computers and online research techniques, including the use of the Internet to locate actual research instruments and journal articles; updated coverage on new scales, internal and external validity, and new analytic techniques with extensive references on each; abstracts, citations and subject groupings by measurement tool of the last five years of the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the American Journal of Sociology; extensive coverage of how to prepare manuscripts for publication, including a list of all journals covered by Sociological Abstracts along with the editorial office address and URL for each entry; new coverage of ethical issues; expansion of social indicators to include international coverage; discussion of the importance of policy research with presentation and discussion of specific models as an adjunct to both applied and basic research techniques; and the addition of an index to facilitate the reader's ability to quickly locate a topic.

Family and Marriage

Marital adjustment has been one of the most widely used concepts in family research. Students have tried to improve both conceptual and methodological levels of measurement. A very popular tool is the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS), developed by Graham B. Spanier and Erik E. Filsinger. It provides a standardized assessment of the relationship of couples, both married and unmarried. Although developed out of a family sociological research orientation, the DAS can be used meaningfully within a wide range of therapeutic situations. It has been crafted carefully to achieve high reliability and validity.

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