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Graduate Sociology
Which is a TRUE statement as applied to Chaos Theory?
  1. Orderly structures and immutable laws operate to maintain order.
  2. Our presence in the environment does not alter it.
  3. The universe operates predictably.
  4. Order is chaos in nature.
Graduate Sociology
The Family Adjustment and Adaptation Response Model (FAAR) by McCubbin & Patterson (1983)studies the interactions among three types of variables. What are they?
  1. Demand, Capabilities, Meanings
  2. Stressors, Resources, Crisis
  3. Perceptions, Meanings, Suicide
  4. Demand, Buffers, Stability
Graduate Sociology
What is the greatest limitation to establishing a workable theory for family therapy?
  1. Obtaining enough large data sets
  2. Sampling large numbers of data from a single subject design
  3. Studying a single patient/therapist interaction
Graduate Sociology
"You can't unscramble an egg" best describes the theoretical construct of ____
  1. Objectivity.
  2. Irreversibility.
  3. Punctuated Equilibria.
  4. Unpredictability.
Graduate Sociology
Graduate Sociology
Which of the following is not a metaphor for the concept of "strange attractor?"
  1. A bowl of spaghetti
  2. The sound of an automobile engine
  3. The burst of fireworks in the night sky
  4. Smoke rising from a cigarette
Graduate Sociology
Which is NOT a key characteristic to chaos or chaotic systems?
  1. Initial differences result in errors that grow exponentially over time.
  2. The system is complex, appears random, and is unpredictabgle.
  3. The system is intrinsically orderly, stable, and equilibrial.
  4. The system is in an essential state for transformation.
Graduate Sociology
Which is NOT likely to be used to demonstrate underlying deterministic nonlinearity (chaos)?
  1. Phase portraits of complex systems
  2. Graphical representations of data rather than numerical analysis
  3. Calculate Lyapunov exponents to measure sensitivity to initial conditions
  4. Calculate a capacity dimension to see the degree of chaos
Graduate Sociology
Which is a FALSE statement concerning suicidal behavior?
  1. Suicidal behavior is always embedded in a pattern of interaction in the family set in motion by some threat to the system, either to force change or to force stability.
  2. Suicidal behavior can emerge as either a form of positive or negative feedback.
  3. Understanding the symbolic act characterized by suicidal behavior is an important part of the assessment and treatment planning.
  4. Suicidal behavior is a process or pattern that identifies a family trait of suicide.
Graduate Sociology
Which is a FALSE statement concerning "measurement error?"
  1. Traditional test construction theory assumes that it is possible to reduce error to about 10% to 20% of a total test variance, but generally no more.
  2. Because of sensitivity to initial conditions, the behavior of chaotic systems can only be predicted for extended periods of time.
  3. Measurement error limits our ability to make predictions much more than in linear models.
  4. Measurement error does not influence recognition of any of the characteristics of nonlinear systems, providing that enough data points are sampled.
Graduate Sociology
Chaos theory indicates that there are limits on predicting the length of treatment. Which is a FALSE statement?
  1. Chaos theory allows us to make better qualitative predictions, but less meaningful and accurate quantitative predictions.
  2. Chaos theory will free us from the mistaken belief that prediction is the same as understanding.
  3. Chaos theory will enable us to make perfect predictions from linear methods, providing the specific model we have developed is both accurate and appropriate to the phenomenon being studied.
  4. There exists complex chaotic systems whose behavior cannot be predicted even if we know all the initial conditions exactly.
Graduate Sociology
Which is NOT a characteristic of family health, according to chaos and complexity theory?
  1. Shows a pattern or process of self-organization
  2. Exists primarily to meet basic needs
  3. Adapts rapidly, slowly, or somewhere in between
Graduate Sociology
Based on Chaos Theory, certain metaphors may be applied to behaviors observed in families. Which is NOT one?
  1. A compressed rubber ball being bounced around.
  2. A butterfly flitting around.
  3. A computer shutting down.
  4. A snow avalanche careening down a slope.
Graduate Sociology
The major contribution from chaos theory regarding crisis intervention can be stated as:
  1. Perceptual crises that are allayed too quickly will not produce optimal change.
  2. To increase the possibility of self-organization, interventions should be as invasive as possible.
  3. The more controlling of the system an intervention is, the more likely that the family will self-organize.
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