A mixed-method social networks study design for research on transnational families

TitleA mixed-method social networks study design for research on transnational families
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBernardi, L
JournalLIVES Working Papers
Volume2011
Issue3
Pagination1-13
PublisherNCCR LIVES
Place PublishedLausanne
Type of ArticleResearch paper
ISSN2296-1658
Keywordschildren, family relationships, fertility intentions, methodology, qualitative, social support
Abstract

This paper advocates for mixed-method networks research design to describe and analyse egocentered social networks in transnational family research. Drawing on the experience of the “Social networks’ influences on family formation”, we show how the combined use of network generator tools and open ended interviews produces unique data on family configurations and their impact on life course choices. A mixed-methods network approach presents specific advantages research on children in transnational families: quantitative analyses reconstruct the potential and actual relational support available to children in a context where kin interactions may be hindered by temporary and prolonged period of separation; qualitative analyses address families strategies to maintain relationships across legal borders and geographical distance, and the implications for children well-being.

Notes

A revised version of this paper has been published and is now available under: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1741-3737.2011.00845.x/abstract

DOI10.12682/lives.2296-1658.2011.3
Citation Key128