This article compares and contrasts two approaches for studying relationships between kids: the strategy in Bigelow and La Gaipa's study (1975) and this taken by Bill Corsaro (1985). The former was one of the first studies of little one's friendships and involved in a first instance qualitative analysis of essays written by 240 boys and 240 girls regarding the unique features of their finest friends in addition to a second instance a content material analysis approach. The latter was based on qualitative analysis of structured interviews and targeted in the person understanding of a friendly relationship. This dissertation will be structured around two perspectives upon both methods: the nature of data produced and challenges in application and interpretation, and underlying theory.

Bigelow and La Gaipa worked with a way called articles analysis, which usually transforms qualitative data coming from essays into quantitative info. Qualitative data includes all information that children provided in their essays. Following reading children essays they will counted how many times a friendship expectation was stated in these essays, which is essentially quantitative data. The advantage of working with content studies is that that enables figuring out specific features and count the regularity of these features occurring in the written essays. Examples of these kinds of outcomes contain findings like older children having more anticipations than children, boys and girls having almost the same expectations and boys expecting from their closest friend that they can enjoy organized. The disadvantage of content material analysis is usually that the individual info is misplaced when modifying qualitative info into quantitative data. Corsaro for example outlined the fact that each personalities can not be identified inside the quantitative data. Therefore , William Corsaro applied a different approach than Bigelow and La Gaipa: this individual didn't make an effort to fit individual answers to a general model in order to identify patterns but to build an...