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Wednesday, June 14 • 18:00 - 20:00
How to improve the measurement of family routines in a diverse world: An ecocultural perspective - Christine de Goede

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How to improve the measurement of family routines in a diverse world: An ecocultural perspective.
Presenter: Christine de Goede (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Co-Authors: Awie Greeff
Introduction: The family routine is a vital resilience resource with numerous likely mechanisms affecting parent and child outcomes. For example, routines can provide structure and reduce home chaos; routines are cultural maps that guide parental behavior change during life transitions; and family-time routines foster relational bonding, emotional expression and meaning making. 
Methods: Although ecological-cultural niche (ecocultural) theory, as devised by Weisner and associates, is a relatively well-known theoretical framework, we believe a closer examination of its components inspires new avenues in research, especially how we measure family routines. By giving practical examples, we aim to highlight the need for more culturally sensitive self-report questionnaires. We also implore researchers to use mixed method approaches and suggest a few that could deliver promising results. We also suggest how new technologies can augment traditional data collection techniques. 
Findings: In essence, an ecocultural framework supports a more context specific understanding of routines, taking into account how distal cultural, historical, environmental and economic complexities shape everyday, proximate interactions. This framework compels us to revise the use of traditional self-report questionnaires that miss the cultural and practical nuances of family routines. 


Christine de Goede

Stellenbosch University

Wednesday June 14, 2017 18:00 - 20:00 SAST
Century City Conference Centre Western Cape Town, South Africa

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