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Title: what have caused the increase in lone-parents? Aim The aim of this study is to investigate the reasons why there has been a rise in the number of lone-parents. I've chosen to do this study as I come from a community and school which have a large number of lone-parent families. I'm interested in this topic because New Right thinkers have suggested that these parents are single through their own individual faults. I'm also a person who classified as a lone-parent child. In many cases lone-parents have been unfairly blamed for producing 'subterranean' children who in turn continue this cycle. This view is supported by Charles Murray who proposes that lone-parents are forming an 'underclass'. (101 words) Context and Concepts In this task I'll be covering factors which have helped cause the increase in lone-parenthood including 'secularization' and the increase in 'marital breakdown'. One underlying factor that is sometimes ignored is domestic violence towards mothers, another cause for high statistics in this family structure. Research by Rosenbaum and O'Leary, (1981) have suggested that male children who witness their father's abusing their mothers are more likely to batter spouses in adulthood, than those males who come from non-violent homes. ...read more.


This ties in to modernity and links with reasons for the increase in lone-parenthood. (400 words) Main Research Methods and Reasons My main research method is going to be fixed response questionnaire; I've chosen this method as I believe the quantitative data it will produce can help me show common patterns of behaviour within society, which can significantly help understand why there has been such a dramatic increase in the number of lone-parents. Questionnaires are highly efficient because they mostly give an objective perception of things. As fixed response questionnaires entail only a limited category of responses, they are less likely to be time consuming. Fixed response questionnaires are also very fair, as all participants are asked the same questions, again this helps with the analysis as patterns/opinions/views are much easier to indicate. My final reason for using fixed questions is that they are highly reliable, meaning that other researchers can replicate questions and verify results. The positivist approach will enable me to evaluate how representative my statistics are of society as a whole. My study should classify the social world in an objective way; I mustn't allow my situation as a lone-parent child to biased questions in away, as this will alter my results and they might become void. ...read more.


I have chosen to use quota sample, a small number of males and females for example; 20 single males and 20 single females, or if acquirable a smaller or equal number of lone-parents themselves. They will all come from one particular area and therefore can not be represent the total wider society picture of a large sample. Various factors could affect my data such as geographical location, age and social class. In addition, 40 people may not be enough number from each gender to obtain an accurate perception of typical views as well as to make precise generalizations. Interpretive would criticize my questionnaire and its findings because they do not demonstrate a full (direct) explanation as to why lone-parenthood has increased. They would argue that quantitave data analysis cannot produce data that shows meaning and motives for social action that's why qualitative data is much more and in depth which helps sociologist to identify underlying meaning for social action. Additionally, the level of my researcher objectivity may be a problem when collecting the data because it is likely that as I'm trying to find out what I think about the causes of lone-parenthood. It might be difficult to come into conclusion as there are many other factors that influence the cause of lone-parenthood. (300 words) ?? ?? ?? ?? Ayan Malin 1 ...read more.

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