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FCFC 250
MIDTERM EXAM
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Ch. 1 Intro into Studying Families:
Household does ot eual Faily
o Family Households in 2010 66.4
o Nonfamily Households 2010 33.6
Birth Rates:
o How families make a difference for everyone
2.1 births per woman is necessary to sustain a population
The US is about that 2.01 (1.85 for White women)
Think about these numbers, what impact do they have on a
society now and in the future?
Societies that rely on the younger generation to fund social
programs for the aging are scrambling to find ways to encourage
higher birth rates.
Family Relations: History
o Colonial (General European perspective)
Video segment: Frontier House
Consider: How did their circumstances shape their expectations and
experiences related to family relationships?
Research and Theory
o Consider:
How much can you apply from your family to other families? Why?
Can you separate your own experiences from your study of
families?
Do you believe everything you see on TV?
Additional research concepts
o Experimental Research
Independent Variable, Dependent Variable
Correlation vs. Causal
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o Longitudinal: data from two or more points in time-
Retrospective (start at later point and look backwards to remember
earlier point)
Prospective (start at earlier point and follow until later point and gather
data again)
What is a theory
o A statement of relations among concepts within a set of boundary assumptions
and constraints
o A linguistic device used to organize and complex empirical world. To organize
and to communicate
The field of family studies
o Families are our most important resource
o In some families, the lives of its members are becoming more complex and
vulnerable to environmental and social influence
o Family studies graduates use the knowledge they have learned about families to
assist uleale failies ad thei ee’s, egadless of hy they ae, to
sueed i today’s soiety
Lots of employment possibilities in:
o Community based social services
o Government and public policy
o Education
o Health Care and Family Wellness
o International Education and Development
o Research
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