Eric D. Widmer

Widmer, E.D., La Farga, L.-A. (2000). Family Networks: A Sociometric Method to Study Relationships in Families. Field Methods, vol. 12, n2, pp. 108-128.

Family research has made extensive use of household survey data, that predefine where the boundaries of the family system are, and that focus on a small number of family dyads. The complexity of contemporary family contexts that have emerged as a result of divorce and remarriage might not be well served by those techniques. We show in this article that social network methods can actually improve existing methods used to study families.

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