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What is the family of procreation?

What is the family of procreation?


School: University of Delaware
Department: Human Development
Course: Diversity and Families
Professor: Bahira sherif-trask
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: HDFS, hdfs202, diversity, HumanDevelopment, family, diversityandfamilies, humanservices, LectureNotes, week2, outline, and familystudies
Cost: 25
Name: HDFS 202 Week 2 Lecture Notes
Description: Notes including all material presented during week 2 of lectures for HDFS 202: Diversity and Families. Outline format. Important information is bolded.
Uploaded: 09/09/2016
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What is the family of procreation?

HDFS 202 Week 2 Lecture Notes

Family as a Permanent but Changing Institution

∙ Contemporary Concepts of Family

o Remarriages

o Dual Careers

o Childless couples

o One parent households

o Ethnic families

o Same­sex unions

o Grandparents raising children

o Abusive partners

∙ Populations: cannot compare countries because of drastic population differences; a  policy that works in one country may not work in another

o China: 1.3 billion

o India: 1 billion

 The eastern Asian countries are so densely populated, there are more  people living in this area than outside of it

What are the contemporary concepts of family?

o United States: 324 million

o Sweden: 9 million

∙ Implications of Family Membership

o Intense

o Long­term

o Social institution in society

 Legal obligations, authority  

∙ Family Myths

o Traditional families were self­reliant and didn’t need assistance

 Families are actually interdependent

o Natural spheres for gender roles

 Man works, woman cares for home and children

o Families are always happy and loving

 Conflict always exists

∙ Family Structures

o Nuclear: Husband, wife, and/or children (biological or adopted) o Conjugal: Couple

In family structures, what is the nuclear?

o Extended: 2+ generations living together/near each other We also discuss several other topics like Who is oswald avery?

o Family of Origin/Orientation: the family you’re born into

 You are the child

o Family of Procreation: family formed through marriage and/or kids  You are the parent

∙ Necessity of Families


o Procreation

o Socialization

o Economic security

o Emotional security

How Do We Study Families?

∙ Study of Family

o Interdisciplinary field:

 Anthropology

 Child development

 Demography

 History

 Psychology

 Religion

 Sociology

o Research

 Influenced by:

∙ Funding availability

∙ Source of funding

∙ Access to subjects

∙ Current popular topics

∙ Time

∙ Ethics If you want to learn more check out What are the impacts of rising sea levels?

o There are specific guidelines for family research

o Issues:

 Funding: could be biased

 Withholding findings

 Withholding medical treatment

 Suppressing research on controversial topics

∙ Political/Religious/Community Pressures

o Opposing views must be considered

 Research and Theory

∙ Theory is a “lens”­ provides ideas

∙ Research verifies or disproves a theory

 Methods

∙ Data

o Quantitative: numerical

 Quicker, cheaper

o Qualitative: non­numerical

 More in­depth

∙ Surveys: systematically collect information through 



o Need a representative sample: a sample which reflects the population

o Internet surveys are popular

o Advantages of surveys: Cost effective, large sample size,  flexibility, efficient, anonymous

o Disadvantages: Sample can be biased, poor wording can  skew results, low response rate, lack of honesty Don't forget about the age old question of What are the characteristics of culture?
Don't forget about the age old question of How many elements do we found in organic molecules?

∙ Clinical Research: study individuals or small groups through  case studies or in­depth interviews Don't forget about the age old question of There are how many types of statistics?

o Advantage: In­depth, linked w/ long­term counseling o Disadvantages: time consuming, expensive, subjective (not  generalizable)

∙ Field Research: observing subjects in natural surroundings o Participant v. Non­participant

 Non­participant: researchers do not interact with 


 Participant: researchers interact with subjects

o Ethnographic: researcher takes perspective of subjects  Advantages: flexible, direct observation

 Disadvantages: observer bias, people are reactive to  being observed 

o Demographic: outsider looking in

 Advantages: large­scale info

 Disadvantages: do not reveal motives behind 


∙ Secondary Analysis: review previously researched material and create a new research project from it

o Use historical records, statistics, letters, diaries Don't forget about the age old question of What is the structure and function of genomes?

o Advantages: accessible, convenient, inexpensive

o Disadvantages: may be difficult to access

∙ Experiments: structured, artificial situation that allows  researchers to control variables

o Advantages: cause­and­effect can be established

o Disadvantages: rely on volunteers or paid subjects ∙ Evaluation Research

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