Family Research: Conceptual and Methodological Issues


This institute addresses the unique conceptual and methodological challenges of family research, with particular attention paid to innovative strategies for treating the family as the unit of study. The institute focuses on research proposal development including:

  • conceptual underpinnings
  • qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method designs
  • family measures
  • analytic techniques
  • ethical issues
  • synthesis of family research

By the end of the institute, participants will have an increased understanding of family research and the skills needed to develop successful family research proposals. The institute is of interest to faculty and graduate students who plan to conduct family or family-related studies and are at the beginning or intermediate level of their research careers.

Drs. Knafl and Van Riper are nationally renowned leaders in family research with extensive expertise in a wide array of family frameworks and methods. They have experience in studying families facing varied health care challenges, and they have a successful record of obtaining funding for family research.

Guest faculty will lend their expertise to help participants develop their skills in family intervention research. Dr. Catherine (Kit) Chesla, Professor and Shobe Endowed Chair in Ethics and Spirituality, University of California at San Francisco, has been invited to participate for one day of the institute, and Dr. George Knafl, Professor, The University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss statistical analysis of family/dyadic data.   

ANCC contact Hours:  TBD

Accreditation Statement

The School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Additional Information

The class will be held at the School of Nursing in room 1100 Carrington Hall.

On June 16, 2014, registration will begin at 8:30am.  The Institute will begin promptly at 9:00am and run until 5:00pm each day except for the final day.

On June 19, 2014, it will end at approximately 4:00pm.

The Center for Lifelong Learning reserves the right to make changes to a program's content or speakers, as well as cancel programs due to low enrollment or in case of emergency conditions, such as inclement weather.

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