Human Development

  1. A. We have learned many ways that families are diverse. List three things that you have learned in this class (that you didn’t know before) related to how contemporary families are diverse. (1 point)
    B. In this class, we have asked you to define what is a “normal” family. Provide your thoughts on how we might think about family normality such that contemporary families’ strengths are highlighted? (1 point)
    C. Building from your responses to parts A & B of this question, what are 3 things that are important to keep in mind in your chosen future career as you work with diverse contemporary families? (1 point)

[no more than 250 words]

  1. A. Discuss the experiences—in terms of both strengths and challenges– of parenting/ parenthood among two family types/ structures (eg. single moms; single dads; same-sex parents; dual-earner couples, blended families, LGBTQ, adoptive families, etc.). (2 points)
    B. For each family type, utilize one theory/ conceptual framework other than Family Systems theory to illustrate their families’ experiences. Please demonstrate your knowledge of at least 2 theories, one per family type, in relation to parenting/ parenthood strengths and challenges. (2 points)
    C. Building on your response to parts A & B of this question (using these same family types), what are the 3 most important things related to your chosen career you will need to consider when working with these parents/families? Please do not repeat thoughts shared in question 1. (1 point)

[hint: answer all 3 parts for both family structure/type]

[no more than 500 words]

Use family systems theory to explain family processes in your family of origin. Remember to utilize at least 4 aspects of family systems theory to discuss in detail at least two points of strengths and at least two points of challenges in your family system. (2 points)