Family Cohesion and Conflict in an American Indian Community
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.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2005
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