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Family Assessment Description Research Paper

… "Health is the absence of incurable issues - such as physical, mental and emotional problems." Queried individually, each member agreed with this explanation. Seeking further clarification, I asked Mrs. T to explain what they meant by 'incurable issues'. Her replay was "some physical ailments can be treated and cured such as ear infections that doctors treat with antibiotics. In other cases, such as HIV / AIDS - the sufferer is never able to overcome the disease and can only find a way to extend their life with the aid of medicine." She also stated that they believe cancer is not curable (personal communication, September 24, 2013); a misconception to be sure. It was interesting to note that the family also believed that health was the…. [read more]


Born in Shame Is a Romance Novel Book Report

… Born in Shame is a romance novel about a highly driven, unmarried advertising executive in New York, Shannon Bodine, who discovers an unseemly secret about her origins which takes her to Ireland, where she builds a new life. In the span of one year, Shannon has witnessed the sudden death of her father, Colin Bodine, and the terminal illness of her mother, Amanda Bodine. On her deathbed, Shannon's mother reveals that Shannon is not the child of Colin, as Shannon had been told growing up, but the product of fling that her mother had while vacationing in Ireland before she met Colin. Her real father, Shannon is told, is an Irish farmer named Thomas Concannon, who was still residing in an small Irish town when…. [read more]


Family Health History Essay

… Family Health History

It is important to note from the onset that although I came to the U.S. approximately 17 years ago, my parents have been residing in this country for over 35 years. Being of African descent, the West African country of Ghana is my country of birth. My immediate family has 7 members (I included). Known across the world for its cocoa, my home country harbors many of my other family members including but not limited to my cousins, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, etc. Having undertaken an extensive research of my family history, I can trace the same to my great grandfather who was born 119 years ago. He is effectively the very first know male ancestor whose birth, death,…. [read more]


Family, Mass Media and Education Research Paper

… Perhaps had I had them when I needed positive images, I would not have turned to heroin to self-medicate, but irrespectively, the decision to do so was mine alone. Because these issues have been so influential in my life, I have been motivated to understand the effects of modern culture on the mass media and vice versa. What is popular today, of course, will not be popular tomorrow unless there are some defining factors that contribute to their universal and timeless appeal. The foregoing television series are indicative of the prevailing social mores of the day, and even though it took some kicking and screaming from the American public, there has been a shift towards a more enlightened representation of people of all sexual orientations…. [read more]


Monogamous Nuclear Families, Polygamous Term Paper

… (Jankowiaka; Diderichb, 2000) Children from polygamous systems develop problems. In a study of twenty five Bedouin-Arab children born to senior mothers of polygamous families, the children exhibited "somatic symptoms, economic problems, poor relations with the husband, and competition and jealousy between the co-wives and among the co-wives' children." (Al-Krenawi; Graham; Al-Krenawi, 1997) They also had many behavioural problems, and poor academic achievement. Therefore polygamy may not be conductive to have happy family members; and can retard children's functioning. (Al-Krenawi; Graham; Al-Krenawi, 1997) Though the researchers have pointed out many flaws in the polygamous system, there has been one flaw. No research exists that has compared the monogamy and polygamy and other forms of families using identical variables and background. Therefore the conclusions may not be…. [read more]


Person Develops as the Results Term Paper

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6.What about your personality makes you unique? How are you different from other members of your family, and of your friends? List at least five things that describe you.

What makes me unique is my intellectual side, which is emerging in college but which I repressed for years. I also have a unique sense of humor, and I have creative, somewhat offbeat ways of looking at things. I'm discovering that I love to write, an enthusiasm shared by none of my friends, and none of my family. I also read more than anyone in my family, but a lot of my current friends also read a lot. I am an optimist, but also a very practical one. I hope for the best, but brace…. [read more]


Homeward Bound: American Families Book Review

… Today's world, where all people have been liberated to have their say, to protest what they consider to be wrong with politics in the world, and to marry who and when they want, is far more interesting to me than the "happy, stable" families of the 1950s can ever be.

To inform her work, the author drew on several wide-ranging source types. Evidence from popular culture, for examplee, included moviees, mass-circulation periodicals, and newspapers. She also examined professional writings from various disciplines, as well as papers and statements by public policymakers and other public figures involved in driving the political and social views of the time. Of particular interest is her use of the Kelly Longitudinal Study (KLS), which included surveys of some 600 middle-class…. [read more]


Ethnic Families I Interviewed Term Paper

… Her mother wanted her to have more, and still asks her for more grandchildren. My subject is raising her children as "American," and is not sharing much of their cultural heritage with them, largely because that is how she grew up. She was not very interested in her mother's tales of the "old country," and she wanted to fit in and act as American as possible, especially in her early educational years. She does recognize that she has missed out on some of the things that are extremely important to her mother and her mother's friends, and as she gets older, she has begun to question her mother more about her memories and traditions, and may begin to pass at least some of those on…. [read more]


Family Group Conference in New Zealand Term Paper

… Family Group Conference in New Zealand

New Zealand launched a revolutionary and visionary package of legislation in 1989 called the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act - and from that bill the Family Group Conference (FGC) was born. The notion setting the stage for this new law was that there was a need for far greater participation by family members and community members when there is an instance of youthful lawbreaking. In terms of the management of the child from that point on, and discipline the child should receive, and the cultural and social implications of the process of justice, the FGC was viewed as not only important but also vitally necessary. It was, as Nicola Atwool and Cindy Kiro of the Office of…. [read more]


Family Therapy Term Paper

… ¶ … Parent Trap 1 and 2" is a movie that depicts a family that would benefit from family counseling. Using Bowen's Family Systems Therapy and McGoldric's Ethnicity and Family Therapy, the following essay outlines the cultural and social contributors to this family's issues. Drawing on the theoretical approaches covered in this course, the following is a 15-page analysis of the family dynamics and structures that are causing the presenting problems. It provides ample examples and explain relevant theoretical notions. It also describes the strengths and resources that would enable this family to tackle these issues more effectively. Finally, it develops and justifies three culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions: family intervention, dyad, and individual.

I decided to use the "Parent Trap" since it revolves around a…. [read more]


Isolated Life of the Old Term Paper

… Most marriages were arranged, and by the Second Century, divorce was a legal practice. Girls were legally marred at twelve, and, as a wife, served a central role in the social life of the household. Motherhood was centered to the moral guidance of her children, and with a declining birthrate, the Roman government also instituted laws requiring parents to increase the number of their offspring. Because of the great infrastructure of the Roman Empire, and the collective urban life that defined most families, education consisted of less agricultural knowledge and more academic and political. Families were the basic unit of society, and not only important for maintaining the education value, they were the backbone of this most advanced political state.

In its reclamation of the…. [read more]


Family Genogram Synopsis Me Term Paper

… As a result, I enjoy education because it challenges me to think critically about a wide range of subjects. Although I do not yet know exactly what career path I wish to take, I feel increasingly drawn toward some aspect of either public relations or social work. Regardless, I feel that I will be working with other people on collaborative projects or in the role of a counselor. I feel that my communication skills are strong, which can be used in situations requiring mediation. I can make a difference in the community by applying myself to whatever I am doing to the best of my ability, regardless of what it is.

If I do decide to become a social worker, I would most like to…. [read more]


Frankenstein: An Identity Born Essay

… The device creates empathy in the reader for Victor Frankenstein, and we understand events and his role in them. The device creates a great deal of empathy for the monster and we see how his identity was forged by people's reactions to his appearance and their misinterpretation of his intentions.

The character of the monster develops as the story progresses. The monster learned to care for his basic physical needs. He quickly learned that he frightened people and took refuge in the woods, where he was able to observe a peasant family, from whom he learned language. His emotions developed: "I felt sensations of a peculiar and overpowering nature…such as I had never before experienced" (111). Watching the family, he shared in their joys and…. [read more]


Genogram Significant Family Events Dolly Research Proposal

… Genogram

Significant Family Events

Dolly is a Punjabi Muslim woman from Malaysia. When Dolly was 16 her family moved to Singapore, where she was raised. Dolly's genogram reveals a lot about the impact of family history, cultural values, class conflict, and gender roles on an individual. The most significant family events in Dolly's life include the death of her father and the disowning of her sister by the rest of the family. Expectations for an arranged marriage and limitations on women's work and educational prospects have significantly impacted Dolly. The dual pressures placed on her by her family and society continually challenge her identity as a Punjabi woman.

Dolly currently addresses issues related to her career and personal life. She will face tremendous challenges if…. [read more]


Family Chosen Term Paper

… The third and fourth children were both males; the fifth child was the first girl and it is quite evident that she was a 'spoiled' child. She displays an aggressive temperament and is very outspoken. The next two children were both males and were born one year and one day apart. These two individuals have a very close relationship. The eighth child was a girl, the ninth and ten were twin boys, and the eleventh and twelfth children were both girls. The last child is perceived throughout the family as being another spoiled child which is not surprising considering that she was the last one to leave the roost.

With so many children in the family, it is not surprising to discover that there are…. [read more]


Changing Family Form Term Paper

… ¶ … Changing Family Form

AMERICAN FAMILY DECLINE

Popenoe (1993:529) argues that the American family, which he defines as "a relatively small domestic group of kin…consisting of at least one adult and one dependent person" has been in decline since the 1960s. According to Popenoe (1993) the family serves societal needs or functions which include: procreation and the socialization of children; economic cooperation; and sexual regulation. Family decline then means that families are not as successful as they once were in carrying out these functions.

Popenoe (1993) describes several changes to American families which have contributed to this decline. First of all, families are having fewer children. According to Popenoe (1993) women in the late 1950s had an average of 3.7 children. By 1990, this…. [read more]


Divorce in Minority Families Term Paper

… Divorce in Minority Families

Divorce has been a hot topic as well as the effects that divorce has in various family dynamics especially across ethnic boundaries. However, Studies of divorce among ethnically heterogeneous couples was rare in 1996. (Jones, 1996) a longitudinal study of marriages in Hawaii showed that the divorce rate was higher among ethnically mixed marriages compared with ethnically homogeneous ones. On the other hand, the same study found no easily discernible pattern of group differences in the relationship of intermarriage to the risk of divorce. Phillips & Sweeney (2005) conducted research-utilizing data from the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth. The researchers wanted to understand the differences in factors associated with the probability of divorce across racial and ethnic lines. Research results…. [read more]


Relationship Challenges -- Family Communication Essay

… There are psychosocial issues related to transgender individuals that are well-known; "marginalization, discrimination, and stigmatization" are commonly shared by transgender persons (Alegria, 910). This population is also known to experience much greater rates of "…depression, suicide, substance abuse, HIV / AIDS, homelessness, and unemployment, and hence when additional challenges are piled on top of those issues, a serious set of problems is likely to emerge (Alegria, 910).

Meanwhile, the vast challenges that follow disclosure of male-to-female transsexual persons (MTF) within a relationship that had originally been describe as men-women can be extraordinarily difficult, Alegria reports. Typically, when a wife discovers that her husband was previously a woman, the wife may experience feelings of "…shock, betrayal, and anger," but also, Alegria continues, that disclosure has the…. [read more]


Singlehood Childlessness and Aging Siblings in Later Life Reaction Paper

… Singlehood, Childlessness, and Aging Siblings in Later Life.

Despite its well-earned status as cliche, the phrase "change is the only constant" is no more true than for human beings. From birth to day, nearly constant change remains a fact of life. This is also true of people who age, as well as the relationships they experience. Many older people rely on their adult children or other family members for the help they need to live out their lives comfortably, with the assistance and physical resources they need. Indeed, even the dynamics of this process is changing as those born into the "baby boomer" generation age and become elderly. Complicating the issue regarding the elderly and how their care should be handled is the many different…. [read more]


Family Intervention Essay

… ¶ … United States is characterized as a nation of immigrants. Culturally, the United States is in somewhat of a conundrum regarding immigration. As a nation, we know that the types of jobs many immigrants take (cooking or dish washing in food service, hotel and janitorial work, agricultural work), are those that most Americans would not choose -- therefore we know we need someone to take those jobs. On the opposite side, we remain concerend about the fiscal costs for social services, education, and children born in the United States who are then, legal citizens. Latinos now constitute about 16% of the U.S. population, the second largest ethnic grou p in the country, or just under 50 million people (Bureau, 2008). There has been a…. [read more]


Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Case Study

… In the report, the counselor noted that since -- in his reasonable estimation - N had grown attached to both parents, ideally, [her] best interests required her to have frequent and liberal relations with both the mother and the father. Rather than recommending that course, however, the counselor noted that should the court order Ms [U] to remain in Australia in order to facilitate contact between their daughter and her father, it was uncertain how Ms [U's] distress would manifest itself. The implications of such an arrangement for [N] were also uncertain. The mother's present preoccupation with going back to India, however, indicated that the degree of distress might be quite devastating.

The counselor further noted that Ms [U]'s preoccupation with residing in India would…. [read more]


African-American Culture Essay

… African-American Culture & My Family Background

How do you define your culture?

I am part of the African-American culture, which is not a culture that can be defined universally because there are many subcultures within the African-American ethnicity. There are many socioeconomic divisions within the African-American culture but basically my parents are black, I was born in Landstuhl, Germany and I was raised in Chicago Illinois and in Hampton Virginia. Both my parents were in the Air Force, which is why I was born in Germany. My great grandmother on my mother's side is Cherokee and my great grandmother on my father's side is German. So I have a little Native American blood in me, and a little German blood as well as African-American blood.…. [read more]


Sex and Marriage Term Paper

… This pattern is also known as 'agnatic descent', and the members are generally people who are from nuclear families that have descended form one single man. (Glossary of Terms)

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http://64.233.183.104/search?q=cache:9fawocC7aV0J:atschool.eduweb.co.uk/barrycomp/bhs/gcse_resources_pdf/functions%2520of%2520family.PDF++the+functions+of+the+family+& hl=en Accessed on 20 March, 2005…. [read more]


Activity Immersion Reaction Paper

… In that respect, she appears to be focused on individuality. Still, the primary influence in her life is her parents and that of her family, in which case her system of mores may be considered collectivist. It is also quite evident that time is most valuable to her when she is spending it with her loved ones, or pursuing some fulfilling obligation (such as work) that aids in her sense of value about herself.

Honestly, in terms of my own assumptions, once I found out my partner's ancestry and her family lineage, I assumed a lot of her cultural values would be similar to mine. She is part Persian, for one, and we Persians have similar cultural traits to some Israeli people, since we are…. [read more]


Laurent Clerc Life as a Deaf Person Thesis

… Laurent Clerc life as a Deaf person

Laurent Clerc

People with handicaps have a hard time integrating in society, because they are often rejected since they feel intimidated because of their handicap. Over the years handicapped people that gathered in communities have struggled to make the whole world understand that they are also human and that they are equal to normal people. Deafness differs from other kinds of handicaps because it is not visible. However, deaf people need to be supported and understood in their attempts of becoming normal. Laurent Clerc is one of the early supporters of deaf people, and, along with Thomas Hopkins Galleudet, he founded the first school for deaf people in North America.

Hearing impaired people have difficulties following speech and…. [read more]


Polly Was Pregnant Essay

… Polly was pregnant. Again, I should say. It seems like it was just yesterday that she gave birth to Sheila, our first born, back in 1769. Two years later the baby girl is learning to walk, and Polly and I were pleased to be parents all over again.

My name is Paul. I was 28 years old when Molly, my second child was born. Up until that time I had lived there in Massachusetts just about all my life. Back then I was a fisherman, both by choice and by birth. My folks had settled here in Boston from England when the territory was still wild, but it was a lot better in 1771. At the time, Boston was one of the biggest cities here…. [read more]


Asian Cultures Term Paper

… However, I do live in America and there are many dominant and influential aspects of American culture. I do find myself becoming gradually "Americanised" while I live here. American values and beliefs are portrayed through the media, which is hard to escape. Some of these American values have transformed my identity and my sense of self. I am changing my views about family, for instance. While I believe I will always take care of my parents and do value family, I don't think I will exert as much control over my children as my parents did. I think there needs to be a balance between too much control and too little. Many American parents seem to be laissez faire towards their children, but many Korean…. [read more]


Flannery O'Connor Born in Savannah Essay

… This realization causes her to upset her cat, which panics, causing Bailey to lose control and role the car down an embankment.

Soon a car with three men pulled up. The older man and Bailey were talking when the grandmother realizes he is the escaped murder, the Misfit. Because he'd been recognized the Misfit instructs his accomplices to murder the family one by one. The grandmother begins pleading for her own life, and her pleas are ignored she begins to witness about Jesus. This causes the Misfit to become angry. He is angry with Christ for having given no physical evidence for His existence. He does not want to waste his life serving one who may or may not exist. On the other hand, he…. [read more]


Family Law, Part Two Essay

… Once the decision has been made to reproduce a child through the use of artificial insemination, the difficult problem of choosing a sperm donor must be addressed. Some people choose to ask someone they know to provide the sperm for the artificial insemination. Other people choose to obtain sperm for the artificial insemination from a sperm bank. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options. Clearly, an examination of the pros and cons is warranted. A discussion on the pros and cons of knowing or not knowing the donor brings up a variety of issues. These issues are not inconsequential and should be given deep consideration by every individual choosing to have a child by means of artificial insemination. One of the options (using the…. [read more]

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