Family Cohesion and Conflict in an American Indian Community

Authors: Teufel-Shone, Nicolette I.1; Staten, Lisa K.1; Irwin, Sandra2; Rawiel, Ulrike1; Bravo, Andrea B.3; Waykayuta, Sharon2

Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 29, Number 5, September 2005 , pp. 413-422(10)

Publisher: PNG Publications

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Abstract:

Objective: To assess the feasibility of using a portion of the Family Environment Scale (FES) with American Indian families and to describe the mean family profile exhibited by one Native community. Methods: The cohesion, expressiveness, conflict and active-recreational orientation subscales of the FES were administered to 130 adults, representing 65 families. Results: Mean responses reveal a pattern of average levels of cohesion and expressiveness, concurrent with high levels of family conflict. Conclusions: Outcomes illustrate the feasibility and utility of this scale in assessing and guiding health promotion services within Native communities. Results suggest Native families have a distinctive family profile.

Keywords: American Indian; FES scale; family; social environment

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.29.5.4

Affiliations: 1: Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2: Tribal Health Department, Peach Springs, AZ 3: Tribal Training Center, Peach Springs, AZ

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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