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Chapter 8: Education for Personal Well-Being: Flourishing People Make Better Family Members
Some people might wonder whether a chapter on personal well-being has a place in a book on family life education. The individual is not normally considered a family.
Yet our personal functioning has great impact on our ability to be good family members. The research is clear that a depressed parent is a less effective one (Oyserman, Mowbray, Meares, & Firminger, 2003). It is likewise obvious that a partner who is unhappy or stressed will have a harder time contributing to a couple relationship (Bodenmann, Pihet, & Kayser, 2006). A parent or child who is hostile will affect the family negatively as well (Belsky, Lerner, & ...