Research Papers on Family Issues

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  • Learned Helplessness and Interdependence Theories

    In ten pages this paper contrasts and compares theories of interdependence and learned helplessness and their impacts upon relationships both short term and long term. Eleven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Counselors: Skills And Characteristics

    5 pages in length. Counseling is a profession whereby one must possess myriad skills and characteristics not necessarily required in a number of other occupations. Given the extent to which this area of human services necessitates a greater capacity for empathy, emotional guidance and patience, an individual entering this particular field must already possess these characteristics inasmuch as these innate qualities simply cannot be taught. The skills associated with such inherent characteristics form the basis upon which counselors learn to channel their compassion and guiding abilities through the aspect of therapeutic alliance. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • How Some Government Mandates are Paid For

    This paper provides a summary of one article by Joyce McKnight entitled "Public Funding of Human Services from the "Poor Laws" until Today." It is enlightening to learn that many of today's programs are similar to those begun centuries and decades ago but with different titles and in some cases, different mandates. Examples are included to demonstrate how programs in the 1700s and 1800s provided the foundation for human service and social welfare programs today. There is one source listed in the bibliography of this three page paper.

  • Hispanic Communities and Sexual Child Abuse

    This research paper pertains to the prevalence and therapies associated with sexual child abuse, with a focus on Hispanics. The write discusses this from a social work perspective. Eight pages in length, eight sources are cited.

  • Welfare Consumerism and Family Authority

    In a two part paper that consists of four pages first the ways in which UK family authority has changed since the 1950s are examined with discussions of sexual liberation and Foucault and second the welfare consumerism that has increased steadily since the Eighties is considered. Two sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Tutorial on Clinicians and Child Abuse

    In seven pages this essay discusses the issues that health care personnel and clinicians must consider when treating cases of neglect and child abuse including when the abuse took place, the abuser' profile, and whether the abusive family should have the child returned. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • What To Do About Corporal Punishment?

    Corporal punishment both in the home and in school is a hotly debated issue nowadays. This paper examines various types of child discipline and concludes that corporal punishment can be safely abandoned. This paper has eleven pages and nine sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Family Corporal Punishment and the Impact It Has on Children

    This 10 page paper considers each of corporal punishment on children within a family environment. The paper spots by defining what is meant by corporal punishments and then goes on to consider the short and long-term consequences to those who suffer from corporal punishment. Issues considered include the physical, psychological and psychosocial results of corporal punishment on individuals, families and society as a home. The paper then goes on to consider some of the approaches which may be adopted in order to avoid the need for parents to use corporal punishment. The bibliography cites 17 sources.

  • The Middle Class and Homelessness

    This research paper describes an emerging problem in homelessness, which pertains to the working poor, that is, families with employed adults, that do not have the resources to make it through a financial crisis without descending into homelessness. Four pages in length, five sources are cited.


    How families are involved in human trafficking and potential solutions to the issue. There are 3 sources listed in the bibliography of this 4-page paper.

  • Cultural and Political Influences on Human Development

    This 3 page paper gives an overview of human development. This paper includes how cultural values and practices, public policies, and political and economic conditions affect human development. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Interpersonal Family Relationships of Courtship, Marriage, Parenting and How They Develop

    In six pages this paper considers these basic interpersonal relationships along with the increasing importance of stepparenting with Kolb's learning model applied as an evaluation tool. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Overview of Interracial Relationships

    This paper consists of five pages and examines interracial relationships in an overview of incidences, problems, concerns, and what this increase since the 1990s suggests about social attitudes. Twelve sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Abusive Behavior, Consequences, and Responsibility

    In three pages this research paper discusses the frequent rationalization of abusive behavior and refusal to assume responsibility in a consideration of consequences. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Generations of the Future and the Effects of New Family Structures

    In six pages this paper discusses how new family structures will impact future families with blended families and single mother headed families among the topics addressed. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Considerations in Blended Families

    A 4 page look at a case study involving the large blended family of of Cherise Oozel and Rick Miller. This paper emphasizes the ways through which family function have been insured. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The Laws Governing Adoption and Child Protection in England

    5 pages and 4 sources. This paper provides an overview of a case of an adoptive (birth) mother and the laws governing her rights in an adoption scenario. This paper considers the laws governing adoption, as well as child protection laws in England.


    A critique on an article concerning a study about child protection work and clinical psychologists in Scotland. There are 6 sources listed in the bibliography of this 6-page paper.

  • Kayla McKean Child Protection Act

    In twenty four pages this 1998 tragic child abuse case is examined in an overview that considers the relevance of the act it inspired. Fifteen sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Divorce in Families w/Special Needs Children

    A 5 page research paper that examines divorce and looks specifically at factors that affect divorce in families with children who have special needs. This investigation of literature examines the effect of divorce on children’s physical and mental health; the importance of parents forging a new alliance that considers the welfare of the child, and the reasons why the parents of special needs children are at greater risk for divorce. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Divorce, Pro and Con

    A 3 page research paper that discusses divorce. What are the pros and cons of divorce in America? An examination of literature indicates that the negatives of divorce far outweigh the few positives. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Relationships with Parents and Effects of Divorce

    In seven pages two journal articles are applied to an examination of how divorce affects relationships with parents.

  • 1990s' Family Law and Divorce

    In ten pages no fault divorce is examined in a consideration of various legal issues and also discusses how the debate generated by fault divorce laws has been resurrected. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • People Between the Ages of Twenty Five and Thirty Five and Divorce

    In eleven pages which includes an outline of one pages divorce among individuals of this age group is discussed in terms of reasons and effects with the couples being the central focus although impact of divorce on the children is also considered. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Australia and Domestic Abuse

    In ten pages domestic abuse is examined within the context of Australia in a description of family violence causes and how women in this country are subjected to both cultural as well as social insubordination that often results in incidences of domestic abuse. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Domestic Abuse

    A 3 Page overview of domestic abuse. This paper identifies the victims, perpetrators, and impacts of domestic violence. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Randy Albeda and Chris Tilly's Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits Women's Work, Women's Poverty

    This book is reviewed in a paper consisting of seven pages. There are no other sources cited.

  • Zip Code 11572 and Abuse of Alcohol and Drugs

    In five pages this research paper examines addictions to drugs and alcohol among the residents of Oceanside, New York and also offers a general overview of the issue as well as New York State's preventative measures. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.


    Discusses the strength-based approach in helping a female prisoner cope when she's released into society. There is 1 source listed in the bibliography of this 5-page paper.

  • Critique of Familie Theories

    Three pages. The writer briefly discusses structural functionalism, feminist theory, conflict theory and LBGT studies as they relate to family. Two sources cited.

  • Florida and Foster Care

    In fifteen pages this paper examines the state of Florida's system of foster care in this consideration of issues associated with the Florida Department of Children and Families. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Structured Family Theory of Minuchin and Family Dysfunction

    In six pages this paper applies the structured family theory of Minuchin to a fictional case study on dysfunctional family relationships. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Family Values are the Most Important Values

    This 3 page paper explains what family values are, and why they are so important. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Domestic Violence and African Americans

    A 3 page consideration of the factors that contribute to domestic violence. While blacks might seem more prone to domestic violence, numerous factors are at play in creating that suggestion. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Age 18 or 21

    There is some controversy over the ages 18 and 21. For instance, in some states a person who is 18 can order an alcoholic beverage but in most states, the age is 21. Seems ridiculous given the fact that so many people younger than 21 are serving for their country. The age of emancipation from foster care also differs by state, mostly it is 18 but in some states, it is 21. This essay discusses articles that reported studies about the outcomes for foster kids. They are mostly negative. The outlook is much more positive in states where the age is 21. Included for each article are: theoretical or conceptual framework, methodology, design, and conclusions. A visual graphic that reflects the concepts in each study along with statistical data are included. There are three sources listed in the bibliography of this six page paper.

  • History of Aging

    A 3 page research paper that briefly explores t he history of aging, discussing the age considered to be "old," as well as such factors as retirement trends. The writer also discusses the increase in the older population how this might impact the plans of a student planning to teach sociology at the community college level. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Domestic Violence History

    In five pages this paper examines domestic violence in a historical consideration that considers the infamous O.J. Simpson case which included documented incidences of domestic violence. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Arlie Russell Hochschild's When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work

    Arlie Russell Hochschild's When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work is examined in terms of its title's meaning in three pages. There are no other sources listed.

  • U.S. and Abuse of Senior Citizens

    This 5 page report discusses the fact that the majority of the population is aware that there is a serious problem in America with child abuse but few understand how much of a problem also exists related to elder abuse. In fact “some five percent of the Nation's elderly may be the victims of abuse from moderate to severe... or more than 1.5 million elderly may be victims of such abuse each year.” That number is all the more problematic due to the hidden and complex nature of the problem. Older Americans often live in some degree of isolation, whether in their own homes, the homes of adult children or institutions. Detection by people outside the family or the facility is much more unlikely and the occurrence of elder abuse is suspected to be remarkably under-reported. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Retirement and Baby Boomers

    In a report consisting of seventeen pages the retirement issues baby boomers and women will face are discussed and a hypothetical survey along with its methodology and findings are also included. Thirteen sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Homeless Shelter Oral Hygiene Teaching and Albert Bandura's Social Learning Theory

    In five pages this paper discusses how the social learning theory of Albert Bandura can be applied to teaching residents of a homeless shelter about dental hygiene importance. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Rural Child Care Importance

    In ten pages this paper contrasts and compares centralized urban group childcare with rural childcare in a discussion that promotes the importance of childcare in rural settings. Nine sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • A Hypothetical Research Study/Chessie System

    A 10 page research paper that offers a proposed research study, that is, a template on how a study might be structured in order to address the efficacy Maryland’s computerized data system that is designed to track the caseloads being addressed by the state’s child protective services. In formulating this guide, the writer first describes Baltimore Child Protective Services and this system, Then, offers a suggested research design. This paper draws heavily on previous papers on this topic, specifically khcpsmd.rtf and khmdcps2.rtf. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Social Work and Alcoholism

    In a paper consisting of thirteen pages alcoholism as it relates to social work is considered in terms of stages of development , strengths, interventions, and projections for the future. There are a bibliography containing eight sources and a Roman numeral outline provided.

  • Sexual Activity and Pregnancy in Adolescents

    In six pages these two articles pertaining to the many aspects of sexual activity and pregnancy are presented 'Early adolescent sexual activity: A developmental study' by Les B. Whitbeck, Kevin A. Yoder, Dan R. Hoyt, and Rand D. Conger and Patricia L. East's 'The first teenage pregnancy in the family: Does it affect mothers' parenting, attitudes, or mother-adolescent communication?' There is one other source cited in the bibliography.

  • Teen Pregnancy and a Social Service Program

    In seven pages this paper examines a rural school's social service program for to target teenage pregnancy reduction. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • California State Department Of Mental Health: Infant Preschool Family Mental Health Initiative Delivery Of Services

    7 pages in length. Maintaining stable mental health is a critical component to being able to live within a civilized society; those whose mental health is compromised for any number of reasons are often without appropriate resources to help them function at an adequate cognitive level. As a direct result, these individuals may gravitate toward fringe communities whereby the challenge of meeting basic human needs is greater than they can achieve. Indeed, adults with mental health problems are difficult enough to assist through limited state services, but when the individual in question is an infant or young child, it becomes critical for the state to intervene in the effort to fend off a lifetime of mental instability. The California Infant Preschool Family Mental Health Initiative (IPFMHI), conceived as a way in which to develop and expand "infant and early mental health services for children age birth to five and their families" (Knapp, 2006). Prevention, however, is as much a part of this service as is addressing existing problems, being that the Initiative - as part of the overall California State Department of Mental Health - is rooted as much in avoiding mental health issues as it is in intervention. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Ethical Issues in Mental Health Care Practice

    In this seven page paper the writer tackles two specific ethical issues in mental health care. These are the issue of patient confidentiality and the issue of informed consent. Both must be addressed in accordance with the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) code of ethics. Seven sources.

  • Secret Life of Bees from a Social Work Perspective

    This paper pertains to Lily, the main character is the film "The Secret Life of Bees." The writer discusses the film from a social work perspective, offering a biopsychosocial assessment and the goals for therapy. Eight pages in length, one source is cited.

  • Language Barriers/Limited Social Work Services

    This paper discusses current research on the impact of language barriers in social work service delivery. Five pages in length, eight sources are cited.

  • Literacy and Family Economics

    This paper examines the relationship between literacy rates and household income. The author provides pertinent statistics regarding literacy rates and income within the US. This four page paper has four sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Changing Marriage and Divorce Trends

    In ten pages this paper discusses how trends in marriage and divorce have changed over the past 100 years with future trends also contemplated. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Marriage versus Career

    The writer explores the conflict between marriage and family, and career. The paper is seven pages long and there are five sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Marriage and Family

    In nine pages this paper examines how family development has been culturally and socially affected by mothers entering the workplace. There is no bibliography included.

  • Journalistic Bias, Disasters, Relief and the Media

    In five pages this paper discusses the relationship that exists between relief agencies and journalists and the potential for media bias.

  • Delinquency and Labeling Theory

    In three pages labeling theory is defined its criticisms are examined with the essay concentration being delinquency prevention and an application of the labeling theory. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • How to Serve a Client with Multiple Physical and Mental Health Issues

    People with multiple personality and chemical dependency issues pose a challenge for healthcare providers. This paper critiques a case of a 25-year-old woman who presented, uncooperatively, with multiple substance abuse issues, HIV positive, sex addition and bipolar disorder. Examines issues of how, if at all, this woman can be helped by counseling. This paper has five pages and six sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Nature vs Nurture in “Born into Brothels”

    A 4 page examination of the importance of environment is shaping the lives of children of prostitutes in Calcutta India. The chance they are given to improve their lot in life is capitalized upon by some but not taken advantage of by others. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Sorting Out the Advantages verses the Disadvantages of Various Adoption Types

    This paper discusses international adoptions as opposed to domestic adoptions. A distinction is made between private and public as well as closed, open, and informal adoptions. There are two sources listed in this three page paper.

  • Practices of Polygamy and Monogamy

    In ten pages both of these practices are compared with the conclusion reached that monogamy is a superior choice to polygamy. Nine sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Polygamy Among the Latter Day Saints

    This paper considers a court case involving polygamy and Utah’s bigamy laws. There are three sources listed in this three page paper.

  • Good Mother 'Myth' Perpetuated by Princess Diana

    In ten pages this essay discusses the troubled life of Princess Diana in a consideration of selfish pursuits and how the description of her as a good mother was a perpetuated myth. Nine sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Nurturing Parent Program Grant and Research Proposal

    This paper offers a grant and a research proposal that discuss parents in Florida who are court-ordered to attend nurturing parenting classes. Six pages in length, eleven sources are cited.

  • Sibling Rivalry Literature Review

    In seven pages this paper discusses sibling rivalry in terms of the areas that are in dire need of additional study as reflected in an analysis of the current literature on the subject. Eleven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Engagement Process

    7 pages in length. The writer discusses preparation, tasks and technique as they relate to the first interview of the therapeutic engagement process. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Aging Process Engaging with Life

    This paper reviews the article Forever Young A Path to Successful Aging and summarizes the message driven home by authors Donna M. Bunn and John Rowe. There is one source listed in this three page paper.

  • Social Work and Concept of Systemic Thinking

    The ways in which therapists and social workers can apply systemic thinking concepts are discussed in 6 pages.

  • An Atlanta Homeless Families' Overview

    In seven pages a statistical overview about homeless families in America is first offered before the focus shifts to Atlanta, Georgia and includes a discussion of one homeless shelter and information regarding what assistance is available for women and children along with resource availability. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Counseling and Values

    This essay consists of two pages and discusses value systems in terms of education and counseling.

  • Violence and Video Games

    In nine pages this paper presents a review of video game violence and how actual violence may be influenced as a result. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Volunteerism in the Community

    This research paper considers the factors that are crucial for establishing and maintaining healthy communities that provide beneficial environments in which to raise a family. The writer specifically focuses on the role that volunteerism plays in this regard. This five page paper has four sources in the bibliography.


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