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Using a quantitative method enables you to draw up conclusions from the statistical results. One advantage of this is using questionnaires to get generalisable results

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a) Using a quantitative method enables you to draw up conclusions from the statistical results. One advantage of this is using questionnaires to get generalisable results. You are able to distribute these across England and Wales to all types of people, working class, middle class, male or female etc, which later makes your results more representative of the population that you are studying. You have results from a range of people instead of one particular group, which may have higher rates than others due to material or social factors. Another advantage is quantitative data is a lot faster than qualitative data, so if you didn't have a lot of time to gather your results then a quantitative approach would be best. You don't have to ask informal questions in interviews but instead can gather statistical information via quick survey questions that make your results easier to read. b) One advantage of using two methods to gather your results is you can measure them against each other. ...read more.

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This increase did not simply represent a backlog of couples waiting to legally end marriage as the rates continue to rise over the following years. d) In order to start my research I must first operationalise the concept "stability of family life." Family life in this case means a married couple with their own children who they still support. Stability will be based on the grounds that the family own a mortgage and are not on the brink of divorce. To get into the field I will interview children and their parents at schools throughout England and Wales. To make my results generalisable, I will use a public and a Comprehensive school from each county. This also makes my result representative as I am using schools from different social backgrounds, which will give me a good representation of the stability of family life from different social classes. Once I am in the field I will use unstructured interviews and focus groups to gather my data. ...read more.

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However you can't interview them without their presence due to ethical values. Parents are also under the influence of each other. Even if the marriage is unstable, one may be too afraid to say so due to the reaction of the other, again causing concern for the reliability of my results. My method of collecting data may not work when it comes to interviewing families at parents' evenings. Statistics show that parents from working class backgrounds are less likely to show up. This could be due to work factors such as shift work that most working class people tend to do. This would mean that you would have more parents show up in public schools than you would in your local Comprehensive thus giving you an unrepresentative measure of your sample. Another drawback is generalisability. You need to have a diverse sample to make sure it is representative but this then makes your method time consuming and expensive. You would need to carefully select your destination but either way there is a downfall to this factor. ...read more.

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