Family Dynamics and The Chapters of My Life”

Family Dynamics and The Chapters of My Life”


NOTICE***(Due Sunday by midnight at the end of week 3)

  • This month you are to write a 1200 word research paper on concepts covered in this class and how you see them related to your own family life.
  • This paper is worth 20% of your grade. As you read the text and do research throughout the class make notes of family systems concepts that you see illustrated in your own family life.You may use some of the concepts in bold print in the Weekly Summaries.
  • You will identify each concept and tell how it applies to your own family system.
  • Please use the APA format and cite at least four (4) sources. I have guidelines on using the APA format and citing sources posted in Student Resources for you.
  • Please submit your research paper into THE Dropbox called “Family Dynamics Paper.” Follow the directions below for a step-by-step process.
Assignment Requirements (Use as a checklist):

  • Identify six or eight marriage and family concepts and explain how they apply to your own family system over the years
  • Use a 10 or 12 pt Arial or Times New Roman Font
  • Double-space paper
  • Minimum of 1200 words. No more than 2,000 words
  • Minimum of four (4) cited sources
  • Use APA format and parenthetical citations right after cited material (See below)
  • Make sure your name is on your paper
  • Paper should contain an introduction, a body, and a conclusion
Suggested Outline

  • Name on top right corner of page
  • Title centered 4 spaces under name
  • Introduction – 1st paragraph
    1. Define concepts to be covered
    2. Explain how you see these concepts in your own family
    3. List the main concepts you are going to discuss in the body of the paper. Make sure to have at least 6. You need one paragraph in the body for each point you mention in this part of the introduction.
    4. State thesis: purpose of paper. This is the last sentence of your introduction. (Ex: Since families play such a major role in our lives, it is very important to understand the theories and systems at work within them .)
  • Body – 2nd thru 6th or 8th paragraphs
    1. The 2nd paragraph of your paper (or 1st paragraph of the body should discuss the first concept you listed in the introduction.
    2. The next paragraph of your paper should discuss the 2nd concept you listed.
    3. Continue in this pattern until you have addressed the concepts you listed.
  • Conclusion – Last paragraph
    1. Restate your thesis or the purpose of your paper
    2. Write about why this is important
    3. Remember to make the conclusion similar in length to the other paragraphs.

*Many students write a one or two sentence conclusion. Do not do that.

Grading Grid

Item DescriptionPercent
Correct definition of concepts10%
Statement of main points and thesis in introduction5%
Properly indented paragraphs5%
Content in introduction5%
Content in body40%
Content in conclusion5%
Balance – paragraphs similar in length – about 150 words5%
Organization – followed format (intro, body, conclusion)5%
  • There will be a 20 pt. penalty for writing less than 1200 words on this assignment
  • There will be a 10 pt. penalty for each day the assignment is late. It is due Sunday, by midnight, of week 3.
  • There will be a 100 pt. penalty for plagiarizing. This means a 0. If in doubt, cite, cite, cite.

*Last, but not least, if you have any questions, please ask.

Parenthetical (In-Text) Citations

A parenthetical (in-text) citation is when you place the source in parenthesis ( ) right after the sentence you cited instead of waiting until the end of the paper. It helps the reader to

know exactly what sentences and paragraphs are taken from particular sources.

Place the author’s name and the source’s date of publication in parentheses immediately after the end of the cited material. If it is a direct quote, include the page number as well.

For example:

  • “Psychology is defined as the science of behavior and mental processes” (Coon, 2012 p. 12).
  • If you have paraphrased the information then you do not need to include the page number. For example:
  • Psychology is a scientific field that specifically studies both mental processes and the associated behaviors (Coon, 2012).
Helpful Tips

  • Always use spell and grammar check
  • Make sure you indented the paragraphs (10 spaces or half an inch)
  • Balance. Each paragraph should be similar in length
  • Review the APA video and resource in Student Resources under Course Home.
  • You can send your paper to the Keiser OWL (Online Writing Lab) for review and to ask for help.
Title: Exploring marriages & families
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (2018)

  • ISBN: 978-0135828298

this the book i dont have it try looking it up online


Answer preview

To most people, marriage and family might appear to be familiar topics. This is because families and marriages exist in all societies, albeit with cultural variations. Ideals concerning how individuals are related to one another, the ideal form of marriage, when individuals should get children, childcare, and numerous other family-based matter vary cross-culturally (Seccombe, 2017). This paper will explore six concepts associated with family and marriage and relate them to my life. The paper will begin by exploring how families are structured,

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