The Adult Male-Child Bond

  • Wade C. Mackey
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)


An examination of any human behavior pattern faces five immediate problems of some magnitude:
  1. 1.

    Whom are you going to study—that is, who are your sub­jects?

  2. 2.

    Where are you going to study your subjects?

  3. 3.

    Is your method of research influencing the character of the data that are being gathered on your subjects, in this instance man-child dyads? Framed in a different way, are you viewing behavior reflecting your subjects’ own priorities, agendas, and decisions or are you viewing behavior which is reacting to your scientific intrusion?

  4. 4.

    What behaviors are to be coded, and at what level of coarseness or refinement?

  5. 5.

    From what perspective or vantage point will the collected data be organized and interpreted?



Adult Group Child Dyad Woman Group Human Social Behavior Diagnostic Time Interval 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wade C. Mackey
    • 1
  1. 1.Iowa Wesleyan CollegeMount PleasantUSA

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