Flashcards in Chapter 1 part 3 Deck (13):
Define developmental theory (3)
1. Look at the entire life cycle of the family
2. states that families change in predictable ways
3. Break down the family into different stages based on development
Define developmental tasks
Tasks that an individual or family is supposed to achieve by a certain stage of development
Define social time clock
socially approved timetable for certain life events
Strengths of developmental theory
allows researchers to compare family life across different cultures
Weaknesses of developmental theory
Provides a form of an idealized family that many do not fit
depends heavily on the concept of the nuclear family
what are the two research methods used for studying families
Quantitative and qualitative research
define quantitative research
information presented in form of numbers that are analyzed using statistical techniques
Define qualitative research
concerned with verbal descriptions of behaviour
structural functionalist theory: is it macro, micro, or both?
conflict theory: is it macro, micro, or both?
symbolic interactionist: is it macro, micro, or both?
family systems theory: is it macro, micro, or both?