Family Study on The Pearson Family from the Hulu show “This Is Us”

 Basic Description of Family Study This description is designed to prepare you for the family study. Your first assignment is to select your family to study and develop a plan to obtain the information you need. Describe the process you will follow below so that you can make a realistic decision about the family you will study and how you will accomplish the study. Purpose of the Family Study Your family study is both your research project and your final exam for this course. It will be a demonstration of your ability to apply what you have learned about sociology of family this semester through a study and analysis of a ‘family’. You can approach this one of two ways. You can select a real family to describe and analyze (not using the actual name, of course) or you can use a family that you have met and gotten to know through the medium of television. Do not study your own family. There are a few caveats connected to use of the TV family, but some students in past semesters have found this is more convenient than conducting interviews and gathering information from actual families. The objective of this assignment is for you to apply what you have learned in (or will learn by the conclusion of) this course. You will use your text and other readings to help you be certain that you have identified and considered how the family you have selected is shaped or influenced by the demographics of the family and by our society. Remember that families are affected and influenced by both internal and external factors. Family studies are not about being creative, so do not be concerned about your study unrolling in a format that follows the outline that has been provided. This is actually helpful for you to look at the categories of information required as you write. It is also helpful for me as I read and score your papers. Include the important dimensions of your analysis when you have labeled them using headings and sub-headings. Developing your family study Think of this study as one that employs description and analysis. That means when you list descriptive characteristics of your study family, in addition to identifying characteristics, you will use what we have been studying to describe and discuss the meaning of those demographics. Here are some examples – If your study family is a Latino family that immigrated to the US when the grandparents of the primary family were young teens, and now lives in an urban area, then how is the relocation of the family to the US a part of the history and how has this been a factor that has shaped the families experiences? If the family is a working class white family that lives in a small town in Indiana, how does their economic status and resource limitations shape college aspirations for the children, possible retirement for the parents and their ability to conduct day to day upkeep on their aging home and appliances? If the family is a same-sex male couple with a female child adopted as a baby from China, how does this family fit in (be socially acceptable) with other parents in the school’s PTA/PTO? If the study family is a blended family with both adult partners having children from previously partnered families, what dynamics might interfere with all of the children developing close bonds? When any parent has a job with important responsibilities (especially if it involves travel) and there are school age children with school programs/meetings and recitals and sports activities, how difficult is it to achieve the balance between job expectations and being an attentive nurturing parent? As you address the points below through description and analysis, use references to our text and other class readings (and/or references to other works) to highlight important observations. The text also outlines risks associated with certain family attributes and you can use the text to support your analysis. Your goal is to first be very observant of important characteristics and then, within the context of what you know, show how those characteristics can influence a family’s history, experiences, and even plans and goals. You should use the following as an outline to be certain you include and address all of the aspects needed for your family study. Descriptive Elements 1. What is the descriptive demographic information of the primary family members? Be certain to include: race/ethnicity, religion, age/DOB, gender expression, schooling, etc. 2. What is the family’s socio-economic status or position and how does it affect their daily lives? How does work and salary influence family daily living, material possessions, vacations, etc. Are some family members at different socio-economic levels than others? What opportunities and limitations are presented to this family? 3. Domicile and location. In what type of dwelling and neighborhood does this family live? (Apartment, rented house, owned house). What is the setting in which this family lives and where is it located (generally – city, rural area, Midwest, South, Northeast, etc.) How does the living situation of the family shape some aspects of their daily lives? 4. What is the history of this family, i.e., describe the family’s roots. Have they lived in one place for an extended time – generations or have they moved multiple times as military families often must? (This may relate to sources of community connection and support.)