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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dad as cultural resource

On the question of "Dad: boring storyteller or important family cultural resource?" The Wall Street Journal has clearly come down on the side of cultural resource.

"As parents cut budgets, many are finding family stories have surprising power to help children through hard times."


"New research bears out the value of family stories, linking teens' knowledge of them to better behavior and mental health.

"An Emory University study of 65 families with children ages 14 to 16 found kids' ability to retell parents' stories was linked to a lower rate of depression and anxiety and less acting-out of frustration or anger, says Robyn Fivush, a psychology professor. Knowing family stories "helps children put their own experience in perspective," Dr. Fivush says."

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