When researching my topic on how broken homes affect child development/behavior, I realized how many layers the conversation can have. At first, the broken home I thought of was like my own: divorced parents. But then I started peeling away the layers, like what about a single parent, or a child with no parents? Although I might not use the argument of a child without any parents, I think it’s helpful to understand. When researching, I found it important to have a wide stretch of knowledge over a lot of different sections because you never know what might come in handy later. You might be able to compare or contrast different sections, regardless if you are going to use it in your research paper or not. I think that this helps with further understanding of a topic. Not only are there different types of broken homes, but there are different ways that the children can be affected. Mentally and socially are just some of the issues, but it goes deeper with that including education.

     Currently, I’m gathering information and starting to think about how I am going to lay out my essay. I’ve been thinking of explaining things that a child needs in order to develop properly, or even a “normal” behavior that a child is supposed to have, which aren’t very easy subjects to touch on. Yes, there are certain guidelines that parents go by when making sure their children are hitting milestones, but there have been a lot of scepticism of whether or not it’s a bad thing that these children are not hitting their milestones at the right time. As for behavior, that’s a touchy subject.What’s the difference between behavior and personality? Can your behavior become your personality? Then in the end, there are always people saying things like “it’s a phase” and “everyone’s different”. This is going to require further understanding.

     I realized when doing research that there may be articles out there that won’t necessarily be of any help, even if it has to do with your topic. For example, I read an article about Freud’s theories of the different sexual stages that children go through within developing. It’s interesting and necessary to understand to get another person’s point of view, but one of the major points that he made that wrapped everything together had to do with the sex of the parents: one being a male, and one being a female. This got me thinking about same sex marriages and them raising children, which I’m all for. But I thought that this might be a whole other research paper within itself. I decided that using his theory would bring up the topic of a same sex couple raising a child,and it wouldn’t strengthen my paper because a child having two parents is not classified as a broken home. It might also weaken it by me getting off the main issue of my topic, which is not about same sex couples raising children. There are still many things that I need to look into because I’ve only scratched the surface of this topic. I need to start fine tuning all the little details, like the behavior part, to start bringing everything together.


(If you’re curious: The Freud article I talked about)


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December 6, 2016 12:26 am

Hey Asha,

I think you’re topic is very interesting. Psychology has always intrigued me from the beginning. Your research has caught my attention because I feel a kids childhood and upbringing has a huge impact on their personality and behavior. Freud’s theories are very interesting and very odd at the same time. In my opinion, the oedipus complex is the weirdest one of his theories. I look forward to reading your essay and seeing how it turns out.

December 5, 2016 5:31 am

I agree that within the issue of broken homes and their effect on child development there are many different topics and sub divisions. However by including all of these layers in your essay you can have a deeper explanation of the entire concept.
To add more scientific evidence and categorize your research you can include the neurological explanation of child development. PBS The Brain: What Makes Me? is a video that can help you explain that, as it talks about why Romanian orphans are growing up to have mental disabilities.
Regardless with all of your ideas the end result will have great depth.

December 5, 2016 5:04 am

I like how you acknowledge the many different types of broken homes. I think your idea to compare and contrast the different types could end up to be a really interesting essay. I think what you brought up about personality and behavior is interesting and definitely something that you could incorporate into your paper and make it really great. Good luck!

December 4, 2016 8:57 pm

This sounds really interesting! It would be cool to see how each type of broken home is linked to development in children, or to see if it has any links to childhood mental illness. A lit of childhood psychologists have studied the effects of a broken home on a developing adolescent. Some of those articles might be a little more helpful. Good luck, and good work!

December 4, 2016 5:31 pm

Asha, there are definitely many different types of “broken” homes. I also believe that many homes that people think to be broken might actually be a great home. Sure, it’s not the “traditional” home we all think of. But homes can still bring love and kindness to a child even if it’s not the typical home. On the flip-side, yes a lot of children are neglected and aren’t loved and raised how they should be. This goes on to affect their behavior, and your behavior contributes to your personality. Yes, you are shaped by the people you spend time around. Kids pick up their parents behaviors and opinions whether they agree with them or not. I think more research needs to be done in this field to see how different homes change kids perspectives or behaviors. This is a very interesting topic.

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