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Attitudes to gay and Lesbian families

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Attitudes to gay and Lesbian families Rationale For my study, I am proposing to see what the attitudes towards Gay and Lesbian families and how they different from regular families. I chose this because it is interesting and I could imagine would yield unusual results. I believe that in today's ever changing society, people will have varying opinions but will regard any two people in a relationship, under a household, a family. My objectives for my study will be to find contexts which relates to this subject, so I can get an outline and foundation of studies that may have already been done for my own study. My next objective will be to find out peoples opinions on the matter and assess their views. Context Allan and Crow (2001) study family diversity and say that families have changed because of rising divorce rates, which has affected many Western world countries, which is related to their other contributing reason, which is that single parent households have increased in number, because of divorced but as well as people don't feel they need to legitimise pregnancy with marriage. This then links to the fact that marriage rates have fallen because people have started marrying later. Due to this, variations from a standard family unit has become acceptable, and Gay and Lesbian families are more commonplace, just as Allan and Crow as well as other sociologists agree that homosexual families do constitute as proper families. ...read more.


However, as I mentioned I weaknesses of questionnaires, the respondent may not understand the question or answer it a certain way. By doing this the questions are standardised which makes them reliable, so that anyone emulating my study would be achieve approximately the same results. Things I have to consider when planning and writing my questionnaire is that the questions need to be clear and simple so they're easy to understand. By doing this, I won't confuse the respondent or cause them to reply with information that would be useless to me. I also need to have clear instructions and a simple layout so I don't intimidate anyone. Another thing I need to take into account is that on multiple choice questions, I have to give multiple choices to choose as an answer, so the respondent isn't lead to choose a certain answer. Lastly, I need to give relevant answers that relate to my subject, otherwise I won't obtain information that I need. My choice in respondent in 6th form students, all of whom have different backgrounds and stereotypes, so I believe I would receive a variety of answers. However, as the participants all attend the same 6th form, then they may share certain beliefs and values, which may give similar answers in results. I'm going to hand out my questionnaires to 15 6th form students because there would be too much data to process and view for patterns, as they are all open ended questions. ...read more.


As a result if I had to interpret other contexts, which may not be the point the sociologist was trying to make. Another problem may have been that despite my efforts not to be misleading, I may have given the impression that I wanted a participant to answer a certain way. I do not believe this was the case though, as most participants gave an equal amount of for and against views. A problem I do believe occurred however was that my questions may have been complicated or the participants may not have understood because some questions were not answered. If I were to repeat the study, a solution to this may be to use more than one methods of research and to compare advantages and disadvantages of each one more closely. One of the largest problems was that not all of the questionnaires were filled out so without a large response rate, I cannot get a valid view of what people's opinions are. Lastly, a problem that can be considered a possibility is that people may have not told the truth, which would also affect the validity. Positive points are that I achieved my rationale, by finding out what people believed to be a normal family and if homosexual families can be considered conventional. Also that my hypothesis was correct and people generally believed homosexual families are normal and that people are more accepting in today's society. ...read more.

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