Assignment | Psychological Impact on Lives of Youth and Children

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Sociology1The psychological well-being of the children being impacted by thefamily structure and family processesName,Student number,Name of your tutorial TA,The date,
Sociology2Table of ContentsIntroduction......................................................................................................................................3Background Information..................................................................................................................3Family Structure..........................................................................................................................4Family Processes.........................................................................................................................5Methods...........................................................................................................................................6Sample.........................................................................................................................................7Data collection technique................................................................................................................8Ethical consideration.......................................................................................................................9Conclusion.....................................................................................................................................10References......................................................................................................................................11Appendices....................................................................................................................................13Questionnaire.............................................................................................................................13Protocol......................................................................................................................................15
Sociology3IntroductionThe proposed study is designed for assessing the influence of the family structure on the youthand to determine its psychological impact on the lives of children including the family processesthat are believed to have the greatest impact on the psychological well-being of the children(Acock and Demo 1994,Brown, Susan L. 2004). The relationship between the family structureand family processes have been studied with the psychological impact on the children’s lives.The research study has hypothesised the family structure to influence the psychological well-being of the child, by affecting the family processes like parental conflict, parent-childrelationship, characteristics of individuals like the psychological well-being of the father andmother and background variables like income. These studies used the reports by mothers on thepsychological well-being of their child on the basis of one measure for well-being. Conger andChao (1996) utilised a combination of reports of children and their mother for scaling thepsychological well-being of the child. Therefore suggesting that the family processes andvariables listed above are predicted to assess the impact of composition and structure of familyon the psychological well-being of children. This research study will investigate the impact offamily structure on the psychological well-being child and the level of parental conflict on thebasis of findings on reports of mothers and assess the quality of relationship of the child withboth parents in order to evaluate their psychological well-being.Background InformationIt has been estimated that the depressed mood might impact the performance abilities and socialrelations (Compas and Hammen 1994). Sound psychological well-being ensures high chances offuture well-being of the adult as various depressive situations in the child’s life are like to berecurrent and highly chronic in the future course of life. (Scheier, M. F., Carver, C. S., &
Sociology4Bridges, M. W. 2001).Similarly, it has been examined by Gotlib et al. (2010) that the depressivemoods are the indicator of the high probability of developing severe depressive disorders in adultphase. These factors will be considered throughout the study.Various researches have been conducted depicting that the children coming from intact familieshave the greatest level of psychological well-being (Amato, P. R. 2005; Conger and Chao 1996;Acock and Demo 1994;Burroughs, J. E., & Rindfleisch, A. 2002). The same researchers claimedthat the children belonging from never-married families seem to possess high emotional well-being as compared to those from the step or divorced families. According toAmato, P. R. 2000,the children from divorced families are seen to possess the lowest level of emotional well-being.The differences in the psychological well-being of the children across the family structure are notclear. This has depicted the reduction in the impact of family composition and structure on thepsychological well-being of the child (Hetherington 1989; Furstenberg 1991).Family StructureIn intact families, the children have both their biological parents leading to higher parentalinvolvement and fewer disagreements between parents and children. (Burroughs, J. E., &Rindfleisch, A. 2002;Amato, P. R. 2005). However, these families also experience parentalconflict and emotional presence is not guaranteed due to the constant physical presence (Mackay,Ross 2005).In other words, more time together does not necessarily mean high-quality timetogether (Acock and Demo, 1994).In the case of divorced families, the parents go through intense conflict before the divorce(Emery, 1982; Mechanic and Hansell, 1989). A study byOppawsky, J. (2000) depicted that thedivorcing spouses engage in verbal fighting and even reported physical abuse. The studydepicted that over 50% of the children reported the case of verbal fighting in their home during
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