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A Sociological Investigation into the changing of social attitudes towards lone parent families.

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Adam Hepburn - 8076 Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys - 61985 A Sociological Investigation into the changing of social attitudes towards lone parent families Hypothesis/Aims Chapter I aim to find out whether lone parent families are viewed as a socially acceptable alternative to the nuclear family. My initial interest came from Haskey's research, Sociology in Review volume 3 edition 3 published (1994). He researched the attitudes towards lone parent families in Britain in the early 1990's. He concluded that social attitudes are changing in lone parent families' favour due to the increasing number of these families. This is socially significant, as lone parent families are the fastest growing family structure in the UK today. However my hypothesis is that lone parent families are still seen as an undesirable alternative to the nuclear family. Word count: 107 Context and Concepts chapter My first source to provide a context for my research proposal is Haskey's research, Sociology in Review volume 3 edition 3 published (1994). In his research he studied lone parent families in Britain in the early 1990's. ...read more.

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Social Stigma is a concept describing how divorce is now defined as being socially acceptable. Stigma also links with negative opinions when linked to divorce. Lone Parent Families are those where the mother and father have divorced therefore creating a family structure where a parent (usually the mother) cares for the child in the household by herself. Word count : 391 Main research methods and reasons There are three basic approaches that can be taken in research, positivist, interpretivist and realist. It is intended that this research will be conducted using a social attitudes survey/questionnaire approach by using positivist method. This is a similar approach that Murdock took when investigating his "universal society" in 1949. For this survey to be successful I will need to take many things into consideration. For example, I will need to decide on how many people I believe I will need to partake in the survey in order to gain worthwhile results. Obviously as well I will need to aim my surveys towards a family where there is only one parent at the home of the children. ...read more.

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My second problem is that I have also recognised that using only one particular method of research means that I will not have a mixture of data. I could however consider using the method known as triangulation. Triangulation is a method where the researcher would use a mixture of content analysis and an unstructured interview thereby harmonizing one another concluding in quantitative and qualitative data. My third problem is by using systematic random sampling methods for my questionnaire, this may affect my results, as I may be delivering my questionnaire to members of the public who may not be interested in the questionnaire or worse still just tick and answer in order to complete it as soon as possible. This may have to be greatly considered when evaluating on the results produced as their may be an anomaly present. My forth problem is when using a questionnaire in trying to gain results, questionnaires give little leeway for the recipients to base their own personal accounts or opinions. Word count 289 Printed by R. Hepburn 10/05/07 ...read more.

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