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Lecture5 - HDF 304 Tuesday Family Diversity Middle Eastern...

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HDF 304 Tuesday, January 29, 2008 Family Diversity: Middle Eastern Families: -30 different countries -Marriage -Contractual arrangement, some arranged marriages -Children and Parents -Family structure -84% two parent households -strong relationship between parent and child -strong network of kin -Gender Roles -Double standard Diversity and Religion: -80% of Americans- religious identification -“Born-again” Christians-cohabitation and divorce -Slightly less than half of Jews do not have Jewish spouses. -More than 2/3 of the children not being raised as Jews Diversity and Economics: -Unequal distribution of income -In 2002, the top 20% of U.S. families received 49.7% of the nation’s total income, while  the poorest 20% received just 3.5%. -rich got richer, poor got poorer. What are the poverty thresholds? 4 person family (2 parents and 2 children) =$20,444 Family Theories: -What is a theory? -A theory is a set of general principles or concepts, plus the interrelationships that  are thought to exist among concepts, that are used to explain data and to make  predictions that may be empirically tested. Functions: -Organize information -Describe and explain phenomenon -Generate testable hypotheses -Guide research questions 1
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HDF 304 Tuesday, January 29, 2008 -Make predictions Theory-Parts -Object of study
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