The power of a mixed-methods approach combining anthropological and psychological theories and methods is demonstrated through the experiences of the International Study of Parents, Children, and Schools, a collaborative project involving teams of researchers from seven Western countries. The developmental niche framework of Super and Harkness proved useful for integrating multiple methods to understand the context of children's early development at home and at school. Several parts of the study are presented as illustrations: the development and application of a common list of descriptors for coding parents' discourse about their children; the construction of a derived etic form of a child temperament questionnaire; the discovery and exploration of ideas and practices related to parent-child co-sleeping; and the identification of cultural themes across various kinds of data. The authors conclude that a combination of anthropological and psychological methods can enrich understanding of children's development in various cultural settings.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Psychology (miscellaneous)