Having set out the research questions at the end of the previous chapter, this chapter outlines the methodological strategy adopted in this research project, and details the research techniques used. The aim of the research was to explore the relationship between parental employment patterns and outcomes for young people. A quantitative approach was adopted, undertaking secondary analysis of data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), a long-running, large-scale panel survey. The following sections outline the research design and strategy; strengths and weaknesses of secondary analysis; details of panel survey data and the BHPS; a brief look at how the samples were established (with further details given in Appendix A) and their key characteristics; details of measures of wellbeing, parental employment, and other variables included in the analysis; and an appraisal of the analytical techniques employed.