Research Methodology

Kwaku Abrefa Busia, PhD

Kwaku Abrefa Busia, Ph.D., is a RGC Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Assistant Professor) at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong where he completed his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy. He also doubles as a research associate at the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His doctoral [Read More...]

2024-01-24T15:28:25-05:00January 24th, 2024|

Emerging Ideas: The near invisibility of Native Americans and their families within the flagship journals of family science.

Objective: To assess the family science literature's focus on NativeAmericans and their families through articles published in the flagshipjournals of the National Council on Family Relations. Background:Historically, Native Americans and their families have been underrepresentedin the social sciences literature. Scholars have attributed this nearinvisibility to shifting census categories, underrepresentation in samples,and residence in more rural [Read More...]

2023-06-22T13:13:00-04:00June 22nd, 2023|

PROMIS Pediatric Psychological Stress Measure: Validity for immigrant Latino youth

Objective: This study assesses the psychometric properties of the four‐and eight‐item versions of the Patient‐Reported Outcomes MeasurementInformation System (PROMIS) Pediatric Psychological Stress Measure (PPSM) foruse with Latino immigrant adolescents. Background: Immigrant Latino youth areexposed to numerous stressors that can have consequences affecting healthwell into adulthood. However, few studies have assessed the suitability ofpsychosocial measures for [Read More...]

2023-06-22T11:02:40-04:00June 22nd, 2023|

Bias in the background? The role of background information in asynchronous video interviews.

Asynchronous video interviews (AVIs) have become popular toolsfor applicant selection. Although AVIs are standardized, extant researchremains silent on whether this novel interview format could introduce newforms of bias. Because many applicants complete AVIs from their homes, theirvideo background could provide evaluators with information about stigmatizingfeatures that (a) are usually "invisible" in traditional selection contextsbut become [Read More...]

2023-04-10T13:10:37-04:00April 10th, 2023|

Gender and Access to Finance: Perceived Constraints of Majority‐Female‐owned Indian Firms.

Do firms with majority female ownership differ from firms with minorityfemale ownership or male‐owned firms in terms of perceived constraints onaccessing finance? Using World Bank Enterprise Survey (WBES) data for Indianfirms, our results show that there is no significant difference in male‐ andfemale‐owned firms in terms of their perceptions about accessing finance.Yet, this is true [Read More...]

2023-04-10T12:46:41-04:00April 10th, 2023|

Construction and Validation of a Short Inclusion Scale

Despite a substantial interest in the effects of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, little attention has been paid to the scientific assessment of inclusion at work. This study designed and validated a new eight-item inclusion scale for use in a diversity and inclusion Audit. Following the work of Person et al. (2018) and April [Read More...]

2022-10-28T01:13:25-04:00October 28th, 2022|

Work, life and COVID‐19: a rapid review and practical recommendations for the post‐pandemic workplace.

Remote working because of the COVID-19 pandemic has eroded boundaries between work and home, necessitating the need to evaluate the long-term impacts of these changes and mitigate any negative effects on workers' work-life experiences. To do so, we reviewed and examined work-life research published since the start of the pandemic. The review yielded a sample [Read More...]

2022-10-18T20:37:23-04:00October 18th, 2022|

Predicting marital financial deception in a national sample: A person‐centered approach

Objective Examine whether latent classes of marital financial deception exist and what might predict class membership. Background Many individuals have reported financially deceiving their spouse in descriptive studies; estimates range between 40% and 60% depending on the study. However, to date no study has examined the nature of marital financial deception in a multivariate context [Read More...]

2022-10-07T13:06:57-04:00October 7th, 2022|

A novel element of comprehensive program evaluation: Using a domain matrix design

Objective This brief presents a novel element of program evaluation, termed a domain matrix design, and demonstrates the application of the design element with an example from a collaborative evaluation project focused on the Department of the Air Force's Personal Financial Readiness program. Background Utilizing sound scientific principles and employing a replicable approach to program evaluation, [Read More...]

2022-10-07T13:05:22-04:00October 7th, 2022|

Is it still possible to collect nationally representative marriage data in the United States? A case study from the CREATE project

Objective To understand challenges in the data collection environment for collecting nationally representative data and discuss one study's response to these challenges. Background The United States is undergoing impressive and transformational social change related to marriage. Social scientists' ability to study such changes are contingent on being able to minimize sampling error (the difference between [Read More...]

2022-10-07T13:04:11-04:00October 7th, 2022|
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