ERIC Number: ED377101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Characteristics of a Healthy Family and Family Strengths: A Cross-Cultural Study.
Lin, Phylis Lan; Chen, Jeaw-mei
This study explored how American and Taiwanese students viewed the ideal model of a healthy family in the 1980s and showed that contemporary families are changing and coping, not breaking up and dying. The subjects were 649 students from six universities in Indiana and Taiwan. The questionnaire was composed of 127 items that focused on five issues: (1) attitudes toward different family lifestyles; (2) opinions of family problems and family life in America and Taiwan; (3) family strength measurement; (4) characteristics of a healthy family; and (5) appraisal of childhood, parental marriage, religiosity, and other general demographic information. Although there were significant differences in their views on the characteristics of a healthy family, 16 characteristics were identified by over 85 percent of the college students studied as being related to a healthy family. Twenty-one social demographic variables were found to have significant correlations with either the family life evaluation or the family strengths measurement. Stumbling blocks that hamper a good marriage and a healthy family also were identified by the respondents, the greatest one being poor communication. Significant differences were found between the subjects in Indiana and Taiwan. Surprisingly, a higher percentage of Chinese college students (89%) than American college students (64.3%) expressed their acceptance of the choice of a divorce for an unhealthy family. However, in terms of non-traditional family life-styles, the Chinese subjects appear to hold a more conservative viewpoint than their American counterparts. Contains 58 references. (CK)
Descriptors: College Students, Family Attitudes, Family Characteristics, Family Environment, Family Health, Family History, Family Involvement, Family Life, Family Problems, Family Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Status, Foreign Countries, Social Science Research
Asian Programs, University of Indianapolis, 1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Taiwan