Learning Objectives

2.1 Explain the importance of theoretical perspectives and summarize key theories that organize thinking and research on families.

2.2 Discuss the tenets of the bioecological perspective, the key organizing framework of this book.

2.3 Explain the importance of careful design and implementation strategies for conducting research.

2.4 Identify the basic steps and techniques used in the scientific method.

2.5 Discuss the importance of demographic variables and intersectional identities on individual and family development.