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    Select a family-related topic and briefly describe how you would study the topic using the following approaches:
    Ethnographic research
    Grounded theory
    Phenomenology

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    When selecting a family-related topic, foster kids and/or foster care in America exemplify relevant suggestions.

    To briefly describe how to study the topic using ethnographic research, it would be beneficial to employ critical ethnography to authentically assess how teens feel and behave emotionally, culturally, socially, and behaviorally during the foster care process and to also ascertain genuine contextual factor associated with the topic. Since it can thoroughly document the true inner lives and daily routines and challenges of this at risk population, it would allow one to pinpoint a guiding question that permeates the topic.

    One article presents compelling research using this particular methodology:

    Cunningham, M. J., & Diversi, M. (2013). Aging out: Youths' perspectives on foster care and the transition to independence. Qualitative Social Work, 12(5), 587-602.

    The authors examined teens as they were 'aging out' of foster care (587). The researchers reported that teens exhibited anxiety about 'aging out' and cited other social, emotional and financial challenges such as "housing instability, loss of social support, and pressure to be self-reliant" (587). Youths' narratives during their transitions from foster care were also gathered and could be replicated.

    Next, Grounded Theory could be applicable to this topic since it is useful for analyzing relationships and micro interactions, which foster care definitely embodies. Because it is grounded in collecting data from the real world, it would give an accurate depiction of this at risk population.

    One source concurs:

    McWey, L. M., Pazdera, A. L., Vennum, A., & Wojciak, A. S. (2013). Intergenerational Patterns of Maltreatment in Families at Risk for Foster Care. Journal Of Marital & Family Therapy, 39(2), 133-147.

    The authors applied grounded theory to assess how 24 at risk parents of having their children removed from their homes and placed into foster care due to allegations of abuse or neglect. Because this theory strives to uncover patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, (133), the study helped parents to recognize intergenerational patterns.

    Finally, phenomenology can be utilized for this topic since this approach targets the subjective experiences of individuals or groups, making it aligned for use with foster teens. It is a personal methodology, so its emphasis on small, purposeful samples would be beneficial.

    Similarly, one article provides an example:

    Kruszka, B. J., Lindell, D., Killion, C., & Criss, S. (2012). "It's Like Pay Or Don't Have It and Now I'm Doing Without": The Voice of Transitional Uninsured Former Foster Youth. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 13(1), 27-37.

    The authors used a descriptive phenomenology study to examine how transitional, uninsured former foster youth struggled to manage their mental and physical health challenges without health care insurance (28).

    References

    Cunningham, M. J., & Diversi, M. (2013). Aging out: Youths' perspectives on foster care and the transition to independence. Qualitative Social Work, 12(5), 587-602.

    Kruszka, B. J., Lindell, D., Killion, C., & Criss, S. (2012). "It's Like Pay Or Don't Have It and Now I'm Doing Without": The Voice of Transitional Uninsured Former Foster Youth. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 13(1), 27-37.

    McWey, L. M., Pazdera, A. L., Vennum, A., & Wojciak, A. S. (2013). Intergenerational Patterns of Maltreatment in Families at Risk for Foster Care. Journal Of Marital & Family Therapy, 39(2), 133-147.

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