Marriage and Family Final Report

Topic: Family Violence

ASA Format

Your assignment is to conduct a content analysis of popular depictions of a subtopic covered in our course on Marriage and Family.  The aim of this project is to familiarize yourself with a subtopic, compare popular accounts to course and outside readings, and develop research skills.

1: Select a form of popular media to analyze.

  • Examples include (must be released 2015- today): movies (choose one popular film released in major cinemas), television shows (must air on a major network- four episodes if 30 minutes, 2 if one hour)
  • Content Analysis How to:


o          Here are two straight forward resources on how to analyze.  When the video says “transcripts” consider that your music, movie, tv show etc.

o          1. Videos:

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o          2. Online list:

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  • 2: You will write a report (1500-1800 words) including your analysis and how it relates to our course work and outside readings. You are expected to cite (minimum= 3) outside sources that examine the course topic under study.  You must read the sources before you conduct your analysis and let them guide you.  Appropriate sources (published since 2015) include: academic articles (found at or scholar), books, documentaries, websites that end in .gov or .edu, and/or newspaper articles from publications listed on the discussion board.

Class Readings Attached Files:

o            Race-SofMF.pdf (713.63 KB)

o            IntimatePartnerViolence-SofMF.pdf (656.06 KB)

o            Gender-SofMF.pdf (100.486 KB)

o            FamilyResearch-SofMF.pdf (165.212 KB)

o            FamilyDiversity-SofMF.pdf (176.264 KB)

o            FamilyBackgrounds-SofMF.pdf (2.903 MB)

o            Family Theory-SofMF.pdf (94.536 KB)

o            Family Backgrounds-SocofMF.pdf (94.272 KB)

o            ElderAbuse-SofMF.pdf (348.854 KB)

o            SexStudies-SofMF.pdf (332.485 KB)

Class Notes

Attached Files:

  • race week.pptx (9.506 MB)
  • gender week.pptx (1.78 MB)
  • theoretical perspectives.pptx (2.197 MB)
  • gathering and evaluating data.pptx (1.105 MB)
  • sexual attitudes and behaviors.pptx (5.208 MB)
  • Fertility Patterns.pptx (1.406 MB)
  • family violence child abuse.pptx (766.27 KB)
  • Family Violence IPV.pptx (354.116 KB)
  • Family Violence Elder Abuse.pptx (224.116 KB)
  • SESelites.pptx (5.696 MB)
  • SESonthemargin.pptx (1.436 MB)
  • introduction .pptx (2.632 MB)
  • understanding family diversity .pptx (1.626 MB)
  • SES middle class.pptx (900.135 KB)

Required Textbooks and Materials

Required Texts:

Bidwell, L. D. M., & Vander Mey, B. J. (1999). Sociology of the family: Investigating family issues. Allyn & Bacon.

Hill, S. A. (2012). Families: A social class perspective. Pine Forge Press.

Paper Layout:

Section 1 (Background): This section should include a history of the movie/show. 200-400 words

Section II (Review of Literature): This section will highlight which chapter(s) in your textbook provided insight into your content analysis.  For example, if you conduct an analysis of depictions of LGBT families or race issues in families list what lecture/chapter it is detailed in.  Please note, you will also need to describe findings from the recent books or articles here.  500-700 words

Section III (Research Methods): This section is a report of your analysis.  This is where you present what you learned from popular media in an organized, scientific manner. 500-800 words

Section IV (Conclusion): The conclusion is where you make connections between what you read, what you’ve learned in class, and the analysis.  Be sure to save your opinions for the conclusion. If you write your opinions throughout the paper, it will hurt your grade.  200-400 words

Example: Fertility Issues and the Real Housewives of Atlanta

Section 1: What is the Real Housewives of Atlanta?  What is it about? Who is the cast and viewership?

Section 2: How does our text and social research describe experiences with infertility (specifically in older women, wealthy women, and/or women of color)?

Section 3: How does the Real Housewives of Atlanta portray infertility?

Section 4:  Compare and contrast scientific findings and popular portrayals of infertility.  Make any relevant conclusions.  How does this impact society?

General Paper Requirements:

1). All papers will use ASA style for citations (unless otherwise okayed by the instructor). Here is a video on why and how to cite  You must use a citation for every idea or fact that is not your own, not only for quotations.  Please use American Sociological Association formatting: or search: ASA

2). Papers are due ON TIME. No extensions will be given.

3). The paper must be double-spaced with one-inch margins.


Marriage and Family Report: Family Violence

Marriage and Family Report: Family Violence

The well-being and prosperity of society and the success of a nation depend upon home influences since the fundamental unit of the community is the family. In marriage, it is not the chains that hold the spouses together, but tiny threads, hundreds of small threads, sewing people together through the years. Equally, a family is where life begins, but love never ends. However, it is from the grounds of marriage and family that the worst cases of crimes against humanities are reported. Family violence entails one of the many issues that families have to face and overcome.

Family violence refers to any pattern of behavior considered abusive in any relationship meant to gain power and control over an individual. The most common forms of domestic or family violence include emotional abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse, and economic abuse. By conducting a content analysis of the movie Escaping Dad in the context of Family Violence, this paper seeks to provide a marriage and family report. Correspondingly, a background of the movie, review, and literature, and report analysis in terms of research methods, will be deliberated.

Section I: Background

Escaping Dad is an American thriller and drama movie released on May 21st, 2017. The movie features a suburban woman who escapes from an abusive relationship together with her two children. Erin is married to a wealthy and high powered District attorney, Darren, with two kids, a teenage daughter, Amy, and young son Charlie. When Darren realizes that his family is gone, he puts an Amber Alert on his son. Their marriage at first seems like a little heaven on earth, according to Erin, who later confesses to Wes, the truck driver who helps them get to California. Stacy, Erin’s best friend after coming from Italy and having coffee together, invites Erin to their place, in case Darren keeps harassing her.

However, things start to change, and Darren becomes controlling, manipulative, at the same time, physically and emotionally abusive. Erin keeps this as a secret from her children and affiliates since Darren threatens her that he is a public figure and needs to maintain his image. On the other hand, Amy is defiant to Darren because he is not her birth father. One evening matters get out of hand, and Erin realizes that the relationship cannot go on after Darren threatens to bury her alive if she tries ever to leave her. The morning Erin takes the children, Amy and Charlie, and runs to seek shelter with her best friend in California.

Section II: Review and Literature

Societies today and societies then have been shaped by the experience incurred based on the evolution of families and marriages. There is a notable conclusion that families, which are formed from marriages, significantly impact the nature of society. Promoting social cohesion and national prosperity depends on families and marriages are essential. The members who constitute a family play an indispensable role in preserving both social interrelations and national success. Parents shape their children’s lives, at the same time contributing to societal prosperity, and children’s socialization allows them to become the world of tomorrow. However, according to Maxwell & Blair (2015), in virtually all societies, there are ever-present problems related to crimes. Often, families are viewed as safe havens, but recent research has shown that families could be the core source of many of the crimes against humanity.

According to Gelles (2017), over two million cases of domestic violence are reported around the world annually. The prevalence of intimate partner violence ranges from twenty-three percent to twenty-four percent, mainly in high-income countries. Shockingly, thirty-eight percent of women are killed by private partners, while their wives or intimate partners kill fifteen percent of men who die. Male victims do not frequently record cases of domestic partner violence; therefore, the number could vary. In time past, South Africa was recorded to have the highest number of domestic violence cases, but according to recent findings conducted between 2014 and 2016, one in every six women and one in every twenty men in Australia experience family violence (Gelles 2017).

In the book Sociology of the family: Investigating family issues, Bidwell and Vander indicate that family violence has existed since antiquity and theories have been proposed to explain the phenomenon (Bidwell and Vander, 1999). Besides, intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, violence in dating relationships, and elder abuse include other cases of domestic violence that are paramount within marriages and families. Theories of domestic violence view the family as systems or dynamic organization comprising of interdependent individuals. The behavior of one member seemingly affects the other by attracting a specific response or feedback. Further, control and violence are, in most cases, viewed by many as a way used to correct behavior or the dynamics experienced within the functionality of families.

Some of the theories used to like contemporary socio-biology and neo-Darwinism, women-blaming explanations, male pathologies, and typologies of abusive men have been adapted to give a better understanding of domestic violence. Bidwell and Vander (1999), not only cover theory and methods but also, they apply theoretical perspectives and methodological issues. Additionally, with a strong emphasis on cross-cultural family dynamics, the book provides a source of knowledge that can be used to contextualize family patterns and trends, shedding more light on the violence sphere. Bidirectional intimate partner violence and female-to-male violence remains a contentious subject in the field of intimate partner violence.

However, with new examinations conducted of the brain and behavior, research and theory can be applied to intimate partner violence. In a much-extended analysis, federal policies on child welfare and maltreatment, inclusive of all forms of relationships alongside intimate violence, continue to be a distinctive feature and a most solemn subject of discussion, according to Gelles (2017). Hill (2012) further explains that economic and social classes affect the concept of family in modern society. The most vital function of the family is the survival of its members, which depends on the economic system in structuring the broad parameter of the family life; thereupon, the economy shapes the prospects of families.

Section III: Research Methods

In the movie Escaping Dad, the producers and directors did the recommendable job in trying to bring out the concept of family violence. Notably, physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and child maltreatment are portrayed in the movies. In the beginning, all seemed to work well between the couples, granted that the film opens with a scene where Darren and Erin invite their friends, family, and colleagues to celebrate their anniversary. The couple had been married for eleven years. In the middle of the party, Darren asks his wife to accompany him upstairs, where the first form of physical and emotional abuse is portrayed (Sergiu, Victoria and Natalia, 2018). The District Attorney tells her wife that she had commanded her never to apply red lipstick. Erin tries to explain herself, but Darren removes clothing from his pocket, spits on it, and violently rubs the lipstick off. As Darren leaves, Erin is left crying, feeling intimidated.

After the party, Darren discussed with Erin how he found Amy at the back of the house, making up with her boyfriend. Darren uses vulgar language to explain the scene, mentioning that his wife had taught her daughter to the behavior. When Erin suggests that they get help from a couple of therapists, Darren dismisses the idea and blames Erin for the disagreement that has frequently been occurring between them. Instead of Darren been demonstrating a father figure to Amy, he only tells her that he is disappointed in her, making her respond disrespectfully. Typically, most parents think that they know what is best for their children (Sergiu, Victoria and Natalia, 2018) as a child grows their preference, hobbies, and interest change since they are growing. In this case, Darren should have approached Amy friendly, and this could have made her open up. In as much as members of a family are related by blood, it does not mean that friendship comes automatically.

The best most significant thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Darren also abuses his wife economically by questioning her for spending over five hundred dollars in the mall. When his wife tells him that he is interrogating her, he again dismisses the idea and demands to know what she bought with the money. When Erin explains, Darren violently abuses her, throwing her to the ground, where she hits herself against the floor. When couples do not trust each other financial, as well as marital properties, become a cause of conflict. The next day after Darren comes home from work, she finds her wife cooking and asks her where she had been up to during the day.

He brings out a receipt that Erin had dump into the bin, asking her who she had coffee with and whether she was cheating on him. Insecurity is one of the major causes that leads to domestic violence. When one spouse falls victim to instability, they tend to gain control over their partner by prying into their life to know all their whereabouts. Such a cause of action raises unwarranted suspicion, which makes one or both partners violent (Maxwell and Blair, 2015). Necessary to note, when one partner seemingly becomes suspicious and keeps prying into the other partner’s affairs, this could lead to lies and cheating. Due to Darren’s constant questioning and violence, Erin is forced to lie to avoid more disagreements between them.



On balance, families are the fundamental units of society. Their influences determine the well-being of the community, as well as the success of a nation. When marriages and families are cultivated in the right cause of action, crimes against humanity that have been linked to these institutions reduce significantly. Family violence continues to be a contentious subject that not only impacts the spouses and children but disrupts society’s functionality. In the movie Escaping Dad, family violence is well depicted as Darren; the District Attorney abuses his wife, Erin. The constant abuses, including physical abuse, emotional, and economic abuse, breaks their marriage, forcing Erin to escape together with the children. The prevalence of domestic violence, as indicated by numerous research and statistics, indicate how prominent the problem has become in the current society. Nonetheless, with appropriate measures, such as family therapy and the cultivation of good relations within the family, there is light at the end of the tunnel.


Bidwell, L. D. M., & Vander Mey, B. J. (1999). Sociology of the family: Investigating family issues. Allyn & Bacon.

Gelles, R. (2017). Intimate violence and abuse in families (4th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Hill, S. A. (2012). Families: A social class perspective. Pine Forge Press.

Maxwell, S., & Blair, S. (2015). Violence and crime in the family patterns, causes, and consequences (First edition.). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Sergiu Toma, Victoria Captari, & Natalia Toma. (2018). STRUCTURAL-STRATEGIC APPROACHES TO COUPLE AND FAMILY THERAPY STRUGULING WITH ABUSE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Studia Universitatis Moldaviae: Stiinte Ale Educatiei, (9 (119). Retrieved from


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