Using online methods and designs to conduct research on personal relationships

Brian Ogolsky, Sylvia Niehuis, Carl Ridley

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In recent years the Internet has become a useful tool for carrying out research. The authors provide information specific to relationship research regarding qualitative and quantitative research methods, the advantages and disadvantages of online research, and practical concerns researchers may have regarding data quality and validity, sampling issues, and ethical considerations. They conclude with an empirical example of how the Internet can be used to carry out longitudinal, daily diary, self-report, and relationship research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)610-628
Number of pages19
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Internet
  • Online research
  • Online surveys
  • Personal relationships
  • Www

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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