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From a national survey of strong families conducted by the Human Development and Family Department at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, a profile of a strong family:


Appreciation. "Family members gave one another compliments and sincere demonstrations of approval. They tried to make the others feel appreciated and good about themselves."

Ability to Deal with Crises in a Positive Manner. "They were willing to take a bad situation, see something positive in it and focus on that."

Time Together. "In all areas of their lives--meals, work, recreation--they structured their schedules to spend time together."

High Degree of Commitment. "Families promoted each person’s happiness and welfare, invested time and energy in each other and made family their number one priority."

Good Communication Patterns. "These families spent time talking with each other. They also listened well, which shows respect."

High Degree of Religious Orientation. "Not all belonged to an organized church, but they considered themselves highly religious." (1983)


Human Development and Family Department at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.


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