Directions: Chapter 10 introduces students to patterns of adjustment to divorce in children and factors that contribute to adjustment. Over years, the stigma of divorce has changed, and the way divorce is portrayed on television has also changed. In this assignment, you will look at the differences in the portrayal of step-family relationships. You need to watch one episode of The Brady Bunch (full episodes available on YouTube) and three episodes of Keeping up with the Kardashians. Answer the following questions:
How apparent is it that the characters are step-siblings? Is it mentioned?
Discuss the major issues faced by the characters and family in each episode.
How did the characters deal with the issues?
How would the Brady’s deal with the Kardashian’s dilemmas? How would the Kardashian’s deal with the Brady’s dilemmas? Give examples.
Research the Brady Bunch. When was it created and on television? What were common sociohistorical influences at that time? Identify some social changes since the Brady Bunch aired.
Think about Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological perspective of development and society at the time of filming The Brady Bunch and the time of filming Keeping up with the Kardashians. What factors at each level influenced what was socially acceptable to show on TV? What has changed over time?
What do you think society would have thought about Keeping up with the Kardashians if it was aired at the same time in history as The Brady Bunch?
Do you think issues shown on Keeping up with the Kardashians happened to people in society during the time The Brady Bunch was filming? Why or Why not?

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