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Canadian Family Strengths Project

What are families doing right? While the needs and weaknesses of families are the subject of volumes of research over the past several decades, very little attention has been focused on why and how families are doing well.

Descriptive research by DeFrain and colleagues (Geggie, DeFrain, Hitchcock, & Silberberg, 2000; Minnesota Family Strength Project, 2005) has found that strong families have a wide variety of qualities that contribute to the family members' sense of personal worth and feelings of satisfaction in their relationships with each other. In their 2000 study, DeFrain & Stinnett found that there were six critical qualities associated with family strengths: Commitment, time together, ability to cope with stress, spiritual well-being, communication, and appreciation and affection. More prescriptive research has been completed related to healthy, balanced family functioning by David Olson and colleagues (Olson, Gorall, & Tiesel, 2006) using the FACES model of family functioning via two key constructs: family cohesion and family flexibility. Over 1,200 published articles and dissertations have been done using a version of FACES and the Circumplex Model of Marital and Family System ( Kouneski, 2002), but to date none have attempted to administer measures of both family strengths and cohesion/flexibility to two generations - children and parents - in the same family. Such is the purpose of the present study.

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