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
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.[Page 546]