Want Emotionally Healthy Children? Tell Family Stories

by | Jun. 03, 2013

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Have you ever told your children about where their grandparents grew up or what schools you went to?

If so, then your children may be better equipped to face life’s challenges, according to research conducted by psychologists Robyn Fivush, Jennifer G. Bohanek, and Marshall Duke of Emory University.

The researchers found a strong relationship between children’s knowledge of family history and various measures of emotional well-being. Children who knew more of their family history had more functional family lives, more self-control, greater feelings of self-worth, and fewer signs of depression or anxiety.

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