Author

Maryann Smith

Publication Date

1983

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Salts, Connie J.

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Home Economics

LCSH

Families--Psychology

Abstract

The findings of this questionnaire survey of 23 families, comparing happy and unhappy families on the characteristics of problem solving, communication, boundaries, adaptability, cohesion and external support systems are presented. There were no statistically significant differences in the mean scores between the unhappy and happy family groups on any of the characteristics. This may indicate that families can be happy and healthy, without meeting the definition requirements of this study, which are that they not have had contact with the police or any helping agency in the last year, and that they be physically healthy. However, the survey should be retested with a larger population that includes more families at both the happy and unhappy ends of the spectrum, before the conclusion can be reached that there are no differences between happy and unhappy families on these characteristics.

Comments

Bibliography: pages 40-41

Extent

iv, 60 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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