Questions for Social Trends F924 June 2012

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June 07
1. Explain possible reasons why those aged 35+ are having more children
2. Analyse ways the government, private and voluntary services will need to adapt to `older mothers'.
3. Identify and outline one appropriate qualitative method you could use to research the issue of:
The abused elderly
The benefits of early years education
Qualitative methods: Focus groups, Direct observation, In-depth interview.
(a) sampling and type of sample
(b) access to the group
(c) exit from the group if observation is used
(d) recording the information
(e) acceptance by the group
(f) relevant aims/hypotheses
(g) ethical issues
(h) type of questions
(i) pilot
4. Analyse the possible reasons that might explain the divorce rate since 1980
(a) 1969 Divorce Reform Act 1984, Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act, 1996 Family Law Act
(b) secularisation of marriage
(c) changes in the economic status of women/men
(d) changes in men's and women's expectations ofmarriage
(e) greater acceptance of divorce
(f) individualised nature of society
(g) decline in religious influence in the wider society
(h) greater awareness of domestic abuse
(i) easier to get a divorce
(j) awareness of benefits available
(k) higher expectations of marriage
(l) higher life expectancy
(m) role of media ­ role models
5. Discuss the view that marriage is no longer valued in society.
Marriage is still valued
+1 high rate of marriage/re-marriage suggests marriage as an institution is still valued
+2 most people do regard marriage as more than just a piece of paper
+3 most young people aspire to being married
+4 people have higher expectations from marriage than in the past
+5 people have more relationship choices now but marriage is high on the list for most people
+6 cohabitation is often a trial marriage not a rejection of marriage
+7 cultural issues
Marriage is less valued
-1 high level of divorce
-2 no social pressure to marry
-3 cynical view of marriage by many people
-4 young people whose parents have divorced are less likely to value marriage
-5 fewer role models in the media to support the importance of monogamous relationships
-6 threat to marriage from many alternatives
-7 post modern society, more choice and diversity available for people

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· they offer help to welfare state institutions for example hospitals and schools
· they fill gaps in welfare provision eg less popular issues
· they provide help for services which do not get political support or are seen as less essential
· work opportunities for the elderly
· fund raising to support service provision
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­ transport , toy libraries, use of other professionals eg educational psychologists
· dietary advice/guidance
18. Discuss the possible problems the Government may face in trying to achieve its target on getting more
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Identify and explain three factors you would need to consider in order to ensure you get a
representative cross section of the elderly in your sample.
c. Outline the process you would follow in order to carry out this research.
d. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your chosen method to investigate abuse against the
Jan 2011
24. Identify and explain the main reason for the rise in the divorce rate.…read more

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no depth
might produce low response rates ­ may not be returned
questions could be biased to get older adults to respond in a particular way
some questions may be ambiguous and cause problems for the sample to interpret
may lack validity and depth only providing superficial responses
cannot explain the questions to the sample
older adults might have problems writing answers to questions because of disabilities
answers provided may not cover all responses needed by adults
multiple guess response possible
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Thank you, its very useful :D

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