Family Crisis 
Pre-Midterm Exam Questions

Instructions: Each question is worth 5 points, except for #1 and #7 which are 10 pointers.  In terms of length, it is important that you are able, through your answer, to demonstrate your complete understanding of the concept in the question. In other words, a few sentences just won't do the trick. Half a double spaced page (with 1" margins all around) for each answer is likely a grade of C, again with the exceptions of #1 and #7. I say likely because what you write is more important than length, but what you write will take up some space. Use complete sentences, and cite the online readings as necessary. Note also that it is not required that students to use information outside the online course notes. However, it is fine with me for students to use academic knowledge they have gained thus far in their academic careers, as well as any other legitimate academic source in order to enhance their essays.





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From the Introduction:

1. Using the 2 by 2 model from the course notes (Normal/Abnormal, Inside/Outside Family Stress), give an example of each of the four kinds of stress represented by each quadrant of the model, explaining why each example fits in its theoretical place and not one of the others.  Now, it is your turn to think theoretically.  Take the variable normal and abnormal stress and combine it with normal and abnormal REACTIONS to stress. From here, give your examples of behaviors that fit into each quadrant of your new variable.



From The Usefulness of Guiding Theoretical Assumptions

2. A good beginning definition of "theory" might be:  A theory suggests a model, or representation, of the way things are. With this definition in mind, describe the following aspects of theory so that you understand them well: Conceptual Principles, Hypothetical Principles, and Pragmatic Principles of theory.

3. What is the Theory - Methodology connection? Use this connection to explain the scientific method using Wallace's Wheel.

From The Purpose of Theory in the Study of Family Crises

4. Explain briefly the differences between definitions of theory according to Plato, Aristotle, and Dean Witt.

5 Define Healthy Family Functioning in terms of. -value judgements -statistical descriptions of family interaction -homeostatic ideals -the family system as a social system -the influence of the larger environment (culture and society) on the family.

6. Give some examples of healthy families in terms of: the organization of the marital relationship the nature of interaction and communication patterns within the family the family's relationship with outside others.

From Structural Functional Theory

7. Explain how the family, as an institution fits into the overall structure of society. Give examples of the functions family members must provide to society in order for society to prosper. In other words, explain society's functional requirements. Make the same argument for the family as a social institution - what does it need from the other institutions in order to exist.  Finally, explain how this approach to describing society answers the Hobbesian Question. 

8. Using the patterned variables, list a set of primary group behaviors and their secondary group counterparts.