HDFS 2300 - Family Theories- Ch. #1 Notes

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HDFS 2300 - Family Theories- Ch. #1 Notes

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Family TheoriesWhy do we have theories about families?Curiosity satisfactionTo answer and respond to questionsImportant aspects of theories: 1. Theories answer questions about "What is going on?"2. Theories are intellectual "models," frameworks, or sets of ideas that exist in a scientific field.3. Theories give us power of explanation, challenge, defiance.4. There is no one grand theory that will explain everything about families.5. Theories are helpful.6. Theories provide perspective.DefinitionsTheorizing - The process of systematically formulating and organizing ideas to understand a particular phenomenon.Theory - A set of interconnected ideas (interrelated propositions) that emerge from this process.Mental models or intellectual diagrams we use to think with.Concepts - Specific terminology; abstractions that symbolize the categories of reality that the theory treats.Our Focus- frameworks as eyeglasses.For theories to be about families, they must:1. Contain at least one family concept.2. Determine the definition of family.Two main themes of Family Theories:1. Theories of external control:Contain elements of determinism.Developmental Theories, Struc

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