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  1. Reflect on this definition and then define theory in your own words in your discussion post.
  2. Explain how both theories and research can have practical applications in work with families.
  3. In thinking about the application of research and theory to understanding families and development, which is more meaningful in your opinion: conclusions derived from individual research studies or scientific theories? In other words, which do you think can best help families live more fulfilling lives, theories, or research? Justify your position using information from your text.
  4. Finally, critique two classmates’ posts who take an alternative perspective on the matter of research vs. theory that you discussed in #3. Cite your text to support your position.