Starting on Family Dynamics Research
You are to research and take a position on one aspect of family dynamics.
What do you need?
- A debatable topic (controversial or has opposing viewpoints)
- FIVE scholarly sources (or more to support your discussion and argument)
- MLA citation style
Researching an issue can be come overwhelming in several ways.
- There is a lot of emotion which can obscure the facts and discussion, especially when discussing religion, politics or patriotism.
- Statistics can be misused and selectively interpreted which alters the meaning of the numbers.
- People, otherwise well-known and respected, can misspeak or be misquoted.
- Issues can turn out to be much larger than they appear at first glance.
So how do you deal with the emotional fog and the size of your issue?
First, take a deep breath.
Second, look at everyday issues that cause conflict in families. It may be one you are familiar with from your own experience, or from hearing about it from friends. There are many more issues as well (e.g., immigrant families trying to adjust to a new culture, families with sudden financial hardships, or health issues...)
Third, find out about your issue so you know all sides and arguments. A good place to start may be the PEW Research Center. This non-partisan research center studies American life and society through many topics.
Finally, remember the tabs on this page are to help you in locating these sources and proper citation format. If you need more help, do not hesitate to contact the librarian!