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What is a suitable topic for a research paper based on Family? Family is the General Topic but I want an idea of what to research on Family

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There are many aspects of family you can explore. I think the power structure of a family is a fruitful area. Who makes the decisions? Who has the power? Is there any power sharing? These are all interesting questions to ask about a family.

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In today's world, there are many interesting topics that you might want to consider. To think about this, first consider what a family really is.  Is it a couple, male and female, with a child or two?  Or is it something less specific?  Could it be a three-generational group, with grandparents, children, and their children?  What about single-parent households?  Are they families?  Or a gay couple, with or without children? Are two friends who have lived together for a very long time a family?  Is a household always a family? 

You might want to focus on one of these "alternative" kinds of families, or you could do research comparing "traditional" families with alternative versions.  One area of great interest is the emotional health and happiness of children in traditional versus alternative families.  Another area of interest is the effect of poverty on families. 

I think that once you begin to consider what a family is, you will be able to think of many possible topics to pursue. 

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