Family Crisis
Term Paper Instructions
I expect your work to be a polished piece that reviews a single aspect of family crisis, or a theoretical point of view as it relates to families in crisis. It should be complete with:
  1. An Outline (write this after getting your sources in order).
  2. An Introduction (write this section last)
  3. The Main Body (containing comparisons and contrasts, or showing growth in the research area). This is where you cite your sources in the text.
  4. A Conclusion (in which you evaluate your resources as a whole)     
  5. A References Section Undergraduates have a minimum length of 20 pages with 15 references.

Graduate students should speak to me individually about their projects.
Papers should be carefully written to make a point, be double spaced, typewritten.
The grading criteria for
term papers are attached at the end of this guide.

Use the following Topics Guide and Journal Listing if you are unfamiliar with topics and sources.

    Global (Macrosocial) Analyses
        The Role of Religion in Family Crises                    The Impact of Governmental Policy and Family Crises
        The Importance of Education and Family Crises    Economic Factors Influencing Family Crises

    Localized (Individual - Family Specific) Analyses
        Alcohol / Drug Use and Family Crises                Catastrophic Illness and Family Crises
        Money Mismanagement and Family Crises         The Changing Impact of Divorce
        Family Stress and Coping                                   Family Violence Prevention and Treatment

    Explaining Family Crises with Family Theory 


Suggested journals from which to select articles:
FAMILY RELATIONS                                        JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE & FAMILY
JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES                        FAMILY PROCESS
CHILD DEVELOPMENT                                    AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY                HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
JOURNAL OF SEX RESEARCH                        YOUTH & SOCIETY,
JOURNAL OF YOUTH & ADOLESCENCE      CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY. 

Term Paper Grading Sheet

References are important! Use of course readings is also imperative! 
Additional points will be given for each outside reference used
   (the use of 10/20 outside references is MINIMUM for this paper).

Term papers will be graded for: Minimum  Points Earned Maximum

outline attached   					 5 points _______   5 points
organization       5 points ________ 10 points
content (all outline points addressed) 35 points ________ 50 points (more than minimum
references                             10 points _______ 20 points (more than minimum)
Undergrads 10 minimum Grads 20 minimum
creativity                              5 points ________ 10 points
Grade: 60 Minimum ____ 100 Maximum