A approach that is particularly problematic determining people in same-sex relationships may be the utilization of proxy reports.

A approach that is particularly problematic determining people in same-sex relationships may be the utilization of proxy reports.

In certain dyadic studies data have already been gathered from both lovers individually, centering on points of overlap and distinctions between partners’ records, studying such problems once the symbolic meaning of appropriate unions for same-sex couples (Reczek, Elliott, & Umberson, 2009; Rothblum et al., 2011b), parenting experiences (Goldberg, Kinkler, Richardson, & Downing, 2011), intimacy characteristics (Umberson, Thomeer, & Lodge, in press), interracial relationship characteristics (Steinbugler, 2010), partners’ interactions around wellness behavior (Reczek & Umberson, 2012), and relationship satisfaction and closeness (Totenhagen et al., 2012). On the other hand, other research reports have gathered information from lovers simultaneously, through joint interviews, experiments, or observations that are ethnographic centering on interactions between lovers or lovers’ collective reactions. For instance, scientists purchased observational ways to offer unique insights into same-sex partners’ conflict styles (Gottman, 1993), division of home work (Moore, 2008), and coparenting interactions (Farr & Patterson, 2013). Continue reading “A approach that is particularly problematic determining people in same-sex relationships may be the utilization of proxy reports.”