Second Two Weeks of Family Development Notes

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Second Two Weeks of Family Development Notes JANUARY 29, 2008 ~Middle Eastern Families Lower divorce rate than the national average; still some arranged marriage, includes 30 different countries. = 81% children live in two parent families, strong bonds between parents and children, extended kin networks Gender roles- Male dominance, double standard for dating and sexuality as well as responsibility for household chores. ~80% of Americans - religious identification “Born-again” Christians are less likely to cohabite, but their divorce rates do not differ. Slightly less than half of Jews do not have Jewish spouses, and in those marriages, more than 2/3 of children are not being raised as Jews. 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%. Over the past thirty years, the rich have gotten richer, and the poor have gotten poorer, this is counterintuitive to american dream of economics. What are the poverty thresholds? Four people in your family, two adult and two children- poverty threshold is 20,444. Thresholds vary according size and age of the people in the family. FAMILY THEORY- What is a theory? A theory is a set of general principles or concepts, plus the interrelationships that are thought to exist among the concepts that are used to explain data and to make predictions that may be empirically tested. We all have theories, however informal, that we use to explain the world around us. For example, think about you’re viewpoints on why some marriages end in divorce and others do not Basically, another way to think about a theory – think of it as a point of view or a particular way of looking at marriage and family relationships. Scholars have simply formalized these theories, tested them and applied them to their work with families. Functions of Theories- 1.Organize information= lenses through which analysts organize and interpret what they see 2.Describe & explain phenomenon= ways of viewing reality, allow researchers to identify the aspects of a phenomenon that are of interest to them 3.Generate testable hypotheses
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Theories help 1. Determine what we study and how we study it. 2. Determine what kinds of research questions we ask. No right or wrong theory – just strengths and limitations – same question can be addressed by different theories – explore in different ways. Object of study- who your studying, set of assumptions that are not testable, hypothesis are testable. Methodology has some interchangeable terms –Theories, theoretical Perspectives, theoretical Approaches Theoretical Frameworks Family Ecology Theory- (a.k.a. The Ecological theory)
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2008 for the course HDF 304 taught by Professor Gray during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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