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Family Science Policy Impact

The purpose of this paper is for you to connect a problem that impacts families to a policy that has been established in an attempt to address part (or perhaps all) of that problem. In developing that connection, you will need to include the following components in your paper:


1. Introduction – What is the problem?

Students will write a brief summation of the issue and how it impacts families. This should be no longer than a paragraph and MUST be informed by the content provided in Canvas as well as relevant outside research. APA-style citations should be included in-text to identify relevant source material.

2. Scope of the problem – How big is the problem?

Students will use the resources provided and relevant outside research to describe the scope and impact of the issue on families. Particular attention will be paid to evidence of unequal or different impacts based on gender, race, SES, age, sexual orientation, family structure, or other relevant family demographics. This section should be at least one-half page in length and should include in-text citations for source content.

3. Description of policy – What has been done to help/fix the problem?

Using the information provided in Canvas and any relevant outside sources, students will describe a policy or set of policies which aim to address the focal family issue. This section will be no more than one paragraph and should include a brief description of the policy and its purpose along with appropriate APA citations back to relevant source material.

4. Evaluation of Impact – Did the policy work? Did it fix the problem?

Students will digest information from provided sources and relevant outside source material and prepare a brief (approx. one-half page) summary of the impact the identified policy has had on the focal family issue. Citing relevant sources, using APA, the students will describe how the policy has or has not impacted the family issue (the policys intended consequences) as well as any unintended consequences that may have resulted from the policys implementation. As with the above sections, this portion should be primarily informed by research and should contain APA in-text citations for used source material.

5. Personal reaction – How do I feel about it?

Having outlined the issue, relevant policy, and its impact, students will conclude their paper with a brief discussion of their own educated opinions on the issue and policy. Students should describe their opinions in light of the information they included earlier in the paper and should discuss how those opinions were or were not influenced by their research for this paper. As this is entirely based on opinion, there is no right or wrong answer for this section. Instead, points will be based on whether the students clearly articulate their educated opinion and how they arrived at it.

These papers should be at least 2 pages plus a reference page and follow APA guidelines including 12pt. Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced text, section headings, and APA citations.