Chapter 7 HEALTHY FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
Family members support and care for one another, especially during difficult times.
Characteristics of Strong Families Strong families support their members in a variety of ways. •
Characteristics of Strong Families • • Traits of Strong Families • • •
Characteristics of Strong Families Spending time together strengthens family relationships.
Coping with Change Family members can help each other cope with changes in the family’s structure or circumstances. •
Changes in Family Structure Examples of Changes Birth • • Divorce • •
Birth and Adoption • Welcoming a new baby or an adopted child into the family is a joyful event. •
Separation and Divorce Couples who choose separation may work out Separation •
Separation and Divorce When parents divorce, they need to come to an agreement about where the children will live. •
Separation and Divorce Custody may be • sole custody: • joint custody: Custody The legal right to make decisions affecting children and the responsibility for their care
Remarriage • •
Death of a Family Member • Perhaps the most difficult change a family can go through is the death of a family member. •
Death of a Family Member Family members can help each other through this difficult time by
Changes in Family Circumstances • Changes in a family’s circumstances can also be a source of stress. • Family members can help each other deal with these changes by • •
Changes in Family Circumstances • • Illness and Disability •
Coping with Changes One of the most important strategies for coping with changes in the family is
After You Read Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary 1. How can family members demonstrate good communication?
After You Read Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary 2. What are the two main types of changes that cause stress in families? • •
After You Read Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary 3. Identify three situations that can lead to a change in family structure. • • •