100 Cause and Effect Essay Topics
Cause Effect Essays
Examine why something has happened or exists.
Speculate about what caused the situation.
Examine the results of an event, choice, or situation.
Trace the start of a situation to a discussion of its results.
How to Use These Topic Ideas
Here's how you can use the following topic ideas to write an essay:
- Reword the question to fit your assignment.
- Use a question for your topic idea helps keep you organized.
- Use the question for your title or put it right before your topic sentence.
- The answer to the question is your thesis. Simple!
For step-by-step instructions, see How to Write a Cause Essay.
- What causes divorce?
- What is the effect of divorce on children? Does the age of the child make a difference?
- How does the divorce of parents affect the dating and marriage relationships of their children?
- What is the effect of long distance on relationships?
- How does living together before being married affect a relationship?
- What causes men to be afraid of commitment?
- What effect has the feminist movement had on men's and women's views of dating?
- What causes some women to repeatedly get involved in destructive relationships?
- What effect does having an abortion have on a dating relationship?
- What causes children to rebel against their parents?
- What effect has social media had on family relationships?
- What causes sibling rivalry?
- What effect does birth order have on personality (or career)?
- What effect does a happy and fulfilling marriage have on a person's health?
- Does going to college cause people to have better marriages?
- What is the effect of grandparents raising a child?
- What causes teenagers to become sexually active?
- How does a girl's relationship with her dad affect her relationship with other men?
- What is the effect of growing up in a single-parent household?
- What is the effect of being a twin?
- What the effect has China's one child had on family relationships? How will the new two child policy change family dynamics?
- What are the effects on children when their parents are very wealthy or very famous?
- What causes parents to over-schedule their children's activities? (Or what is the effect of over-scheduling on the child?)
- What causes a family to have close relationships?
- What is the effect of family vacations on family relationships?
Problems in Society
- Why are more children poor than any other group?
- What causes poverty in the U.S.?
- What are the effects of growing up in poverty?
- What causes homelessness?
- What effect does growing up with food insecurity have on children?
- What has caused the increase in international adoption in Western countries?
- What is the effect on children (or adults) of watching news reports of natural disasters, terrorist strikes, sexual predators, and other fearful situations?
- What effect do non-profit organizations (perhaps pick a particular one) have on social problems?
- What is the effect of more baby boomers reaching retirement age?
- What is the cause of men still out-earning women in wages? What is the effect?
- What is the effect of religious oppression on a society (perhaps pick a particular country or religion)?
- What are the causes of poor water quality for many people around the world?
- What is the effect of people not having shoes to wear?
- What are the effects of inadequate sanitation on a community?
- What is the cause (or effect) of continued discrimination and racism?
- What causes people with disabilities to be unable to get jobs?
- What is the effect on children of growing up in poverty?
Health and Medicine
- What has caused the dramatic rise in overweight and obese adults in the U.S. in the last ten years?
- What will be the effects of this rise in obesity on the healthcare system?
- What causes the increasing number of children affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder?
- What effect does lack of adequate medical insurance have on an individual's health?
- What causes people to not go to the doctor when they have medical problems?
- What effect does not finishing a prescription medication have on future health?
- What is the cause (or the effect) of people not getting their children vaccinated?
- What causes the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa?
- What is the effect of climate change on infectious medical diseases?
- What is the effect of globalization on the spread of disease?
- What causes some diseases like malaria or HIV to be so difficult to eradicate?
- What effect does stress have on health?
- What effect has cancer research had on stopping cancer deaths?
- What causes people to get cancer?
- What causes pancreatic cancer to be so deadly?
- What has caused cancer to be so difficult to cure?
- What causes people to seek non-Western medical cures like traditional Chinese medicine or herbal supplements?
- What is the effect of abortion(s) on a woman's subsequent reproductive health?
- What effect does birth control have on women?
- What effect do regular dental check-ups have on oral health?
- What causes people to go blind?
- What causes people to develop allergies?
- What effect does an increased use of technology have on health?
- What causes cardiovascular disease?
- What effect does exercise have on the body?
- What causes people to make healthy living choices?
- What causes so many healthcare providers to be overweight?
- What are the social effects of having braces on teeth?
Media and Technology
- What effect does cell phone use have on teenagers?
- What causes families to buy unlimited cell phone plans?
- What are the effects of violent video games on young children or teenagers?
- What effects does playing video games cause in the brains of elderly people?
- Does online shopping cause people to spend more money?
- What effect does social media have on teen relationships?
- What are the causes (or effects) of cyber bullying?
- What causes social media sites to lose popularity?
- What are the effects of picture and video-based social media sites like Snapchat or Instagram on teenage social interaction?
- What causes a video game to be popular?
- What effect does moving away from computers and towards tablets and smartphones have on how we browse the Internet?
- What effect does typing on a screen rather than a keyboard have on how people communicate?
- What causes Google to be the most popular search engine?
- What are the social effects of everyone on the planet having cell phones?
- How have smartphones affected business practices?
Students and School
- How does standardized testing affect student dropout rates?
- What effect does being labeled "gifted and talented" have on students?
- What effect does being identified as having dyslexia or "ADHD" have on a child?
- What causes students to think school is boring?
- Does using technology like iPads or smartboards in classrooms cause students to learn better?
- What is the effect on learning when students do most of their work reading from a computer or tablet rather than paper and books?
- What are the effects of homeschooling on children? (Or what are the social effects?)
- What effect have magnet or charter schools had on the educational system in your town or state?
- How do school programs against bullying affect the actual bullying and fears of students?
- Do single-sex classrooms cause students to learn better?
- What are the positive and negative effects of having school uniforms?
- What is the effect of having an open high school campus?
- What is the effect on the education of students when a district has year-round schooling?
- What causes teachers to burn out?
- What causes some schools to fail to educate students?
- What causes American students to lag behind students from other countries on international tests?
- What effect do fine arts have on students?
- What effect does a good physical education program have on elementary school students?
- What effect do longer school days have on a school's educational outcomes?
- What effect does parent involvement in schools have on education?
History and World Events
History and World Events Topics
- What caused the Civil War?
- What are the continuing effects of slavery on American society?
- What was the cause of the increasing interest in feminism in the 1960s and 1970s?
- How were WWII veterans affected by their wartime experiences?
- What effect did WWII have on the Jewish people?
- What effect did Christianity have on the Roman empire?
- What caused the Arab Spring? What are the effects of the Arab Spring?
- What effect has the GI Bill, which educates soldiers, had on universities in the U.S.?
- What was the effect of colonialism on Britain's view of itself?
- What were the causes and effects of colonialism?
- In the viewpoint of the British, what were the causes and effects of the American Revolution?
- What causes the drug wars in Colombia?
- What causes illegal immigration?
- What are the effects of immigration on a country (pick any country)?
- What is the effect of online sales on businesses (in any country)?
- What was the effect of the printing press (or other invention) on world history?
- What are the effects of globalization on the position of women?
- What are the effects of American drone attacks on terrorists and civilians?
- What was the cause of the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11?
- What is the cause of increased militancy on the part of North Korea?
Questions & Answers
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What do you think about, "What causes teenagers to become sexually active?" as an essay question?
This question is a good "trending" cause topic. Here are some other questions:
What has caused the trend of lower teenage pregnancy rates?
What causes teenagers to enter into a sexually active relationship in (you can state an age or grade here to be more specific)?
What causes teenagers to choose not to become sexually active?Helpful 1
What is a good thesis for the following topic: What are the effects of homeschooling on children?
Your thesis will depend on your opinion about the topic and whether you think the effects of homeschooling are positive or negative. Here are some typical answers:
Positive: children learn to be independent learners, families can teach children their own values (often religious ones), children can learn faster, and at their own pace, homeschooling eliminates problems with bullying, and traditional schooling means students waste a lot of time that isn't directly related to learning.
Negative: students don't learn to make friends, children don't learn socially acceptable behavior, parents don't always know how to teach effectively, children may not meet normal educational standards.
These are just suggestions. You should pick three or four effects that you think are important and put them in a sentence like this:
Three of the most important effects of homeschooling on children are:...Helpful 1
What do you think of the essay topic, "What effects do cell phone use have on teenagers"?
As a mom who has raised teenagers in the era of cellphones, I certainly am interested in this topic. I've had many students do topics along this vein. Here are some other ideas:
1. What effect does cell phones have on family relationships?
2. What causes teenagers to choose to communicate through texting rather than in person?
3. What is the effect of cell phones on teenage dating relationships?
4. How does cell phone use effect high school education?
5. What causes teachers to ban cell phone use in class?Helpful 7