Effects of Dysfunctional Families on Children
I could propose a generative research question in a few different ways. Things to keep in mind for forming a generative research question is are does it generate multiple and competing answers that are legitimate and deliberative. What these mean is that the generative research question should generate multiple possible answers or solutions to the proposed question, and hopefully more than just two possible answers as well. Competing answers means that the question should avoid creating accumulative answers. What we mean by saying the answers should be legitimate is that the answers should also be reasonable. You do not want one answer to be obviously correct and/or much more reasonable that the other possible answer(s). Lastly, the question should imply a need for persuasion and reason, and avoid producing answers of fact or statistical information. So a good example of a question like this that I could use for my research topic could be: How does being raised in a home with a dysfunctional family affect the children? This would be a good generative research question because it meets all the criteria and requirements for a good and effective generative research question. This generative research question would definitely produce multiple answers. There are many different ways to answer this question. Simple examples of different answers would be that broke and/or dysfunctional families have great, little, or no affect at all on the children in the home. It also creates even more answers than this because other possible answers are that the children could be affected in different ways if indeed they are affected. For example, some people may think that it would make the children more violent if they were raised in a dysfunctional home, whereas others may think it would make the children more introverted. There are endless possibilities for answers that people cold come up with for this generative research question. The generative research question would also produce competing answers. It is a little obvious that with the variety of different possible answers that some of them will be competing with each other. There are many different factors that come into play for this research topic and many people have different opinions and thoughts about what exactly happens to children when they grow up in these types of environments. This is a large reason why this generative research question would avoid producing accumulative answers. There are so many different sides, views, and perspectives that could be used on this topic that it seems impossible that answers would not end up competing with each other. This generative research question will also generate legitimate and reasonable answers. This is because the question is phrased in a way that it is almost completely unbiased and does not provide obvious views. The question is openly stated and left open to any different types of answers. An example of a way that I could phrase the question that would not produce legitimate and reasonable answers would be: Why does being raised in a dysfunctional family affect the children so that they act more violently? This question basically puts the answers right inside of it. This makes the question biased and does not provide a fair and reasonable playing field for the discussion about the research topic to take place. Lastly, this generative research question also generates deliberative answers. The question would not provide a way so that you can just look at statistical information to get the answer. A big reason for why this is true could be because the answers are competing. If there were no competing answers then you could just look at the statistics and say that dysfunctional families cause the children to do this or act this way. Because of the fact that there are competing answers, this research que`stion makes it so that there is...
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