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Sample Article Review and Family Research Methods

In this project I have to focus on critically evaluating the family research information I am doing a report that has to explain how reliability and validity are important factors to consider when reviewing a research article. I am looking for assistance on a peer-reviewed journal article that reports a study concerned with a family-related topic. I have begun the project but wanted to make sure that i was on the right track and had some comparative material to guide me.

The information about the article should have.
A complete citation for the article, formatted following APA guidelines.
â?¢ A 2-3-sentence summary of the purpose of the study, that is, the research question(s).
â?¢ A summary of the research methods used.
â?¢ The results reported in the study.
Critique the study described in the article, answering the following questions:
â?¢ What are the strengths and weaknesses of the research design?
â?¢ How could the study have been improved in regard to the sample selection process, method or design of the study, control of variables, statistical methods used, and so forth?

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Article Review - Family Issues

? Title: Family Structure and Children's Psychosocial Outcomes
? Author: Zheng Wu, Feng Hou & Christoph M. Schimmele
? Journal: Journal of Family Issues
? Publication details: Volume 29 Number 12, December 2008 1600-1624, © 2008 Sage Publications
? URL:

Purpose of Study

This article presents the results of an extensive study on how family structures influence the personality, behavioural and emotional development of children and how this impacts the way they relate to others and behave in social settings. In short, the study is very much interested in investigating the influence of family structures on psychosocial outcomes . Using 5 waves of data from a Canada's National Longitudinal Survey of Children and
Youth from 1994-2003, the analysis aims to investigate how living in 2-parent cohabitational household and then living in a situation where cohabitation has been dissolutioned (due to separation and divorce) shape personality and affect socialization.


The results, especially since it covered almost a decade of collected data was surprising. While it has been expected that divorce would significantly affect psychosocial development in children, it showed that dissolution of 2-parent (biological) cohabitation and living in a situation where children live in 1-parent households do not suffer as much as was expected. 2-parent cohabitation situations do not offer, at least in a 'parenting' aspect, much advantage. The problems experienced by single-parent and non-cohabitational parents household stem from issues outside of nurturing - low income status and family dysfunction for example on their own exist as social realities for 2-parent and single-parent households. There are even instances where single parent households earn more than 2-parent ones and family dysfunction at times are experienced far more in 2-parent households due to roles associated with motherhood and fatherhood and the expectations that ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides a sample article that is then reviewed according to the specifics of the task (see above).