Virtually every practical decision you make and every

practical opinion you hold has some theory behind it.

Consider any marriage and family behavior or event

of interest to you. Develop a “mini theory” to explain

the behavior or event. What are some of the major

assumptions you make about human beings, society,

marriages, families, women, and men?

 Is your theory

a micro- or macro-level explanation? 

Which one of

the theoretical perspectives or theory models does

your theory most resemble?

 After you have developed

your mini theory, consider that you or some researcher

wants to test it. What kinds of questions might you


 Which research methodology would be most appropriate to test your theory? Why?