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Introduction to Family Study Theories and Research Methodology Christopher Belous, MA Fall 2009 ISS 210: Society and the Individual - Family Ecology in Global Perspective
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What is a family? This is the foundation for many theories – and what they attempt to explain How does a family function? What do they provide for society? What is the purpose of a family? What do they do for the members of the family? What makes up a family? And what does it look like?
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Types of Families Family of Origin Family of Procreation Family of Cohabitation Extended Families / Kinships
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Marriage Why marry? Socialization Rights Roles Transference of wealth and property
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Marriage Forms of marriage Monogamy – One partner Polygamy – General, 2 + Partners Polygyny - 2 + Wives Polyandry – 2 + Husbands Serial Monogamy
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Theory: Family Ecology Adapted to families by Ellen Swallows Richards, heavily influence by Ernst Haeckel (German Biologist) Looks at the family and individual as a component in their environment Interconnected series of systems life is a system influence Family ecology asks the question: How is family life affected by the environments in which families live? – AND - How are the environments affected by families and individuals?
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Theory: Ecological Systems Ecological Systems theory is the application of Human Ecological Theory to practice with people Urie Bronfenbrenner designed and created the ecological systems theory Ecological Systems theory looks at the individual and family as a system in their environment Microsystem Mesosystem Exosystem Macrosystem
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Different Systems of Environmental Interaction Microsystem Most intimate of nested systems. Focuses on the individual and their immediate
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