Researching Black Communities: A Methodological Guide

Overview


Experts from a range of disciplines offer practical advice for conducting social science research in racial and ethnic minority populations. Readers will learn how to choose appropriate methods—longitudinal studies, national surveys, quantitative analysis, personal interviews, and other qualitative approaches—and how best to employ them for research on specific demographic groups. The volume opens with a brief introduction to the difficulty of defining a population and designing a research program and then moves...
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Overview


Experts from a range of disciplines offer practical advice for conducting social science research in racial and ethnic minority populations. Readers will learn how to choose appropriate methods—longitudinal studies, national surveys, quantitative analysis, personal interviews, and other qualitative approaches—and how best to employ them for research on specific demographic groups. The volume opens with a brief introduction to the difficulty of defining a population and designing a research program and then moves to illustrative examples drawn from the contributors’ own studies of Blacks in the United States, the Caribbean, and South Africa. Case studies cover research on the media, mental health, churches, work, marital relationships, education, and family roles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472034772
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2014
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James S. Jackson is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, and the Director and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

Cleopatra Howard Caldwell is Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education and Co-Associate Director of the Program for Research on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

Sherrill L. Sellers is Professor in the Department of Family Studies and Social Work at Miami University in Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Part I Theoretical Issues: Race, Ethnicity, Culture, Gender, Class, and Intersectionality

1 Conceptual and Methodological Challenges in Studies of Black Populations James S. Jackson Cleopatra Howard Caldwell Sherrill L. Sellers 3

2 Researching "Black" Educational Experiences and Outcomes: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations Carla O'Connor Amanda Lewis Jennifer Mueller 31

3 Crowded Out? The Racial Composition of American Occupations Darrick Hamilton William A. Darity Jr. 60

4 Aging, Physical Health, and Work and Family Role Changes among African American Women: Strategies for Conducting Life-Course Research with African American Women Letha A. Chadiha Jewell F. Brazelton 79

Part II Research with U.S. and International Populations involving Children, Couples, and Women

5 Research with High-Risk African American Infants and Children: Insights from a Longitudinal Study Dolores G. Norton Jacquelyn Vincson Melissa Wilhelm 97

6 Studying Marital Relationships Joseph Veroff Terri L. Orbuch 114

7 Conducting Stress Research in Black Communities Abroad: Suggestions and Methodological Strategies for South African Studies Nikeea Copeland-Linder 135

8 Methodological Considerations in the Study of Work and Occupations: The Case of Domestic Workers in New York City Sherrill L. Sellers Colwick M. Wilson Michelle Harris 149

Part III Strategies for Obtaining National Data with African Americans, Caribbean Blacks, and Black Churches

9 The National Survey of American Life: Innovations in Research with Ethnically Diverse Black Samples James S. Jackson Cleopatra Howard Caldwell Myriam Torres Julie Sweetman 171

10 Conducting Quantitative Research with African American and Caribbean Black Adult and Adolescent Populations: Strategies for Training Interviewers from Experiences with the National Survey of American Life Julia F. Hastings Heidi Kromrei Cleopatra Howard Caldwell 190

11 Adjusting for and Predicting Nonresponse in a Panel Survey of African Americans Monica L. Wolford Myriam Torres 207

12 Research with Black Churches: Lessons Learned from the Black Church Family Project Cleopatra Howard Caldwell 220

Part IV Research Involving Structural Issues Focused on Families, the Mental Health System, and the Media

13 A Certain Kind of Vision: Revealing Structure, Process, and Meaning in African American Families Andrea G. Hunter Deborah J. Johnson 237

14 Methods for the Study of Mental Health in African American Populations Lonnie R. Snowden 254

15 Using Quantitative Methods to Study the Impact of Television Exposure on the Social and Emotional Development of African American Children and Adolescents L. Monique Ward 270

16 Regarding Black Audiences: Qualitative Approaches to Studying Black Media Consumption Catherine Squires Bambi Haggins 289

Contributors 309

Index 319

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