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Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland$
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Margret Fine-Davis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096969

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096969.001.0001

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Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland

Margret Fine-Davis

Manchester University Press

This chapter outlines the methodology of the various aspects of the study. It describes the stratified sample employed in the qualitative study of 48 men and women of childbearing age as well as the other methodological aspects of this initial phase in the research. It then discusses the development of the questionnaire, based on the qualitative study, which was piloted on 150 respondents prior to the quantitative study. The main methodological aspects of the quantitative study, carried out on a nationwide representative sample of the 1,404 men and women in the childbearing age group are then outlined. Comparative data are presented which compare key demographic characteristics of the sample with those of the Census. Finally the main areas covered in the questionnaire are detailed.

Keywords:   Methodology, Sampling, Instrument, Qualitative study, Quantitative study

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