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Topic: Marriage and Family: Suggested Topics

This guide contains helpful resources and instructions on finding information about topics related to marriage and family.

Narrowing Your Topic

Before you can start your research, you must focus on one aspect of the larger topic of marriage and family. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What do I want to know about marriage?
  • What do I want to know about family?
  • What is an argument that I'd like to present to my professor and class?

Here are some suggestions for narrowing this broad topic:

  • Marriage:
    • Do couples marry for love, to procreate, or for another reason?
    • What is the history of arranged marriages or what are the current practices of arranged marriages?
    • Do prenuptial agreements work?
    • What effects does divorce have on the couple, their children, etc.?
    • Should same-sex couples be allowed the same marital rights as heterosexual couples?
    • How does the new trend of "cohabiting" change the institution of marriage?
    • Do women in abusive relationships stay married to the abuser?
  • Family
    • Should mothers work outside the home or care for their children?
    • How have family values evolved throughout history?
    • What are the issues involved with single parents?
    • Should same-sex couples be allowed to adopt children?
    • What is the place of the elderly within the family? Should they live with their families or reside in an assisted living facility?
    • How does child abuse affect those children psychologically? What happens to children if they see their mothers or fathers being abused?
    • How are household chores handled by males vs females? 

Family Topics

Family / Families / Family life
Parenting
Children
Mothers
Fathers
Siblings
Grandparents
Birth order
Family values
Single parenting
Stepfamilies / Stepparents
Teen parents
Same-sex parenting
Parenting styles
Parenting stress
Elderly
Aging
Retirement
Multigenerational families
Family violence
​Child
abuse
Children with disabilities
Working parents
Stay-at-home parents
Child care
Adoption
Household labor and chores
Family planning
Infertility
Childlessness
Maternity / paternity / parental leave
Child development and stages: Infancy, toddlerhood, preschool, middle childhood, adolescence
Family rituals
Family roles
Family values
Religion
Discipline
Military families

Marriage & Relationship Topics

Marriage
Military marriages
Divorce
Custody

Remarriage
Stepfamilies
Same-sex marriage
Adoption
Arranged marriages
Cohabitation
Household chores / tasks
Work / Careers
Prenuptial agreements
Widowhood
Gender roles
Love
Dating
Relationships
Infidelity

Communication

Dating or Domestic violence
Marriage customs around the world and in specific cultures