Tuesday, February 19, 2013

KNOWING FAMILY STORIES LEADS TO SUPERIOR COPING SKILLS!

     I have always found comfort in hearing and knowing the stories of my ancestors and family members. I could never figure out why I found these stories so comforting. Now I realize that the stories made me feel as though I was part of a larger narrative--that I had a place in the story and in the larger web of family members. Science now supports my feelings of comfort!
     Researchers have found that the single most important predictor of coping skills in children is knowing their family stories. Children who knew information such as where their grandparents were born or where their parents went to school had better coping skills than children who scored lower on the "do you know" questionnaire.
     Listen to author Bruce Feiler (The Secrets of Happy Families) as he describes the study and the "do you know" game that parents should play with their children: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/02/14/bruce-feiler-happy-families/1919311/