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Introduction to Family and Relationship Issues

Family & Relationship Issues

Welcome to our Family and Relationship Issues topic center. Whoever we are, we are all very much shaped by those who raised us, our parents and/or caregivers. We are the product of human relationships, and most of us spend our days within the context of relationships with other people. We need other people to be close to us in our lives, or we tend to get sick. Who we are is very much a function of where we have come from, and who we surround ourselves with.

Despite their vital importance in our lives, relationships can be very difficult to manage. We expect our intimate partners to provide for many of our needs, but often find that differing expectations, frustration, and a need to be right create conditions for conflict and erosion of intimacy. Angels though they may be, our children test us for weaknesses and we don't always pass. Our adult parents grow older and require care, placing a burden on our other responsibilities. A diverse set of communicati...More

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What are healthy communication skills that should be used in relationships with others?

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What are effective conflict resolution skills that should be used in relationships with others?

  • It’s normal to have conflict in relationships, but resolving disagreements in a healthy way creates understanding and brings couples closer together.
  • Learn the 3 most common and ineffective ways conflict is handled in intimate relationships and how to better handle it.
  • Discover 4 strategies will help couples and families balance the needs of others with their own, and make the holiday season more enjoyable for all.
  • In your quest as a parent to help your child understand the difference between good and bad, right and wrong and what it means to be respectful to others, there will inevitably be times when your child resists or you miscommunicate.
  • Repairing damage while disagreeing with your partner can require learning new habits and skills.
  • Whether in a marriage, between parents and children, or among friends, conflict is an inevitable part of any ongoing relationship and the question isn't if there will be conflict but how you will navigate the conflict when it occurs. Here are three skills you can practice to enhance your conflict-resolution and two to avoid.
  • People who remarry find themselves blending two sets of families from former marriages and it's common to find a wife or husband complaining that their new spouse seems to love their biological children more than their new spouse.

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News Articles

  • Over 140,000 U.S. Children Have Lost a Caregiver to COVID-19

    It is an excruciating statistic: One in every four COVID-19 deaths in the United States leaves a child without a parent or other caregiver, researchers report. More...

  • Witnessing Abuse of a Sibling Can Traumatize a Child

    Seeing a parent abuse a sibling can be as traumatizing as watching a parent hurt another parent, a new study finds. More...

  • Pandemic Changed Families' Eating Habits, for Good and Bad: Poll

    Over the past year and a half, the coronavirus pandemic has remade so much of everyday life, including the foods families eat. More...

  • 1.5 Million Kids Worldwide Lost Parent or Other Caregiver to COVID-19

    In yet another finding that illustrates the tragic toll the pandemic has taken on families around the world, a new study shows that 1.5 million children have lost a parent, grandparent or other caregiver to COVID-19. More...

  • Friends, Family Key to Turning a 'No' on Vaccination to a 'Yes'

    Nothing sways a vaccine-hesitant person more than a word with a family member, friend or their own doctor, a new Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll reveals. More...

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    • 'Boomerang Kids': When an Adult Child Moves Back Home

      It's a scenario fraught with potential conflict: Moving back home as an adult can be tough -- on both the grown children and their parents. More...

    • AHA News: Pandemic Pods Offer Social Relief, But There Are Risks

      "There's maybe a false sense of security with these pod arrangements," said Melissa Hawkins, director of the Public Health Scholars Program at American University in Washington, D.C. That's a serious issue as people grow eager for more contact, but vaccinations are months away for most. More...

    • Saying 'I Understand' Makes a Real Difference, Study Shows

      Showing support for a person's upset over something they've experienced can actually help boost their positive feelings, new research shows. More...

    • Caring for Elderly Loved Ones During a Holiday Lockdown

      While everyone is dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults may feel the loss of holiday traditions the most. More...

    • Give Your Family the Gift of Regular Exercise

      Physical activity could be the best gift to give your family this holiday season. And the American Heart Association (AHA) has some suggestions on how to do that. More...

    • Poll: 1 in 3 Parents Pick Holiday Gathering Over COVID Safety

      In a new nationwide poll of 1,443 parents, about one in three said the benefits of gathering with families for the holidays outweighed the risk of spreading the virus. More...

    • College Kid Coming Home for Thanksgiving? Here's How to Keep Your Family Safe

      As college students prepare to leave their campuses for Thanksgiving or study remotely for the rest of the semester, families should consider their risks and work to reduce them, according to an infectious disease expert. More...

    • AHA News: Despite the Pandemic, Keep Social Connections Strong This Holiday Season

      As the pandemic crashes into the holidays, fewer of us may be getting together with family and friends to celebrate the season. But the bonds of friendship remain key to emotional and physical health. More...

    • Think 'Virtual' for Family Gatherings During the Holidays

      Virtual gatherings are the best choice for family get-togethers this holiday season, an expert says. More...

    • When Your Spouse Gripes About Aging, It Might Harm Your Health

      In older couples, one spouse's negative thoughts about aging can affect the other spouse's health, a new study indicates. More...

    • Spouses Share a Lot – Including Heart Health, Study Shows

      Many married couples or domestic partners share a lot: the same house, bills, pets and maybe children. A new study found they often also share the same behaviors and risk factors that can lead to heart disease. More...

    • Frozen Donor Eggs May Lead to Fewer Births Than Fresh Ones

      But statistics might not tell full story, experts say. More...

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