Constructing a vignette for qualitative comparative family research


  • Lennart Nygren
  • Siv Oltedal


Author Biographies

Lennart Nygren

Professor, PhD
University of Umeå

Siv Oltedal

Professor, PhD
University of Stavanger


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How to Cite

Nygren, L., & Oltedal, S. (2015). Constructing a vignette for qualitative comparative family research. Journal of Comparative Social Work, 10(1), 73–76.




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