MedlinePlus – Social/Family Issues

MedlinePlus dedicates this page to social and family issues like abuse, adoption, bereavement, divorce, runaways, and much more. This section is a good starting place to learn about common problems facing families today.

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Review Date: 11/15/2018


Ease of Use

This section of MedlinePlus is just an alphabetical list of issues families may encounter. Clicking any one of the 23 topics listed here leads to a page with a brief summary as well as numerous links to additional information. It requires users to constantly jump back and forth between websites, but otherwise all the relevant material is contained to this one page of resources.

Visual Design

The landing page only provides a list of topics without images or multimedia to engage the reader. And the material is not organized aside from alphabetically, whereas topic headings would benefit the visual appearance. MedlinePlus already features a dull graphic design; this page brings the quality down to the most basic level.


Users will find a limited number of topics about common problems facing families. Few are unique to this section, while "Understanding Medical Research" seems completely out of place. The materials assembled here come from a wide variety of sources, most of them from high quality perspectives.


MedlinePlus clearly identifies the organizations responsible for the content. These groups include the Department of Justice, the Office on Violence Against Women, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and countless more.


  1. Reliable and up-to-date information related to many issues facing families
  2. Links to numerous external resources from authoritative organizations
  3. Highly credible website with backing from the U.S. government


  1. A lot of overlap with the "Personal Health Issues" section that may not need to be duplicated here
  2. Remaining topics represent only a small number of common issues
  3. User-friendliness of materials vary depending on the external website referenced here


Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Library of Medicine

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Patient handouts, videos, images, journal articles, doctor finder, medical encyclopedia

Languages: English, Spanish