Family and Relationships

On Personality and Character

Fall 2011

On Personality and Character

Brian Orchard

Is personality merely a random product of genetics, or a construct of unique environmental conditions? What influence can we exert over our own personalities?

Beyond the Nuclear Family

Summer 2011

Beyond the Nuclear Family

Gina Stepp

Researchers Bella DePaulo and Robert Milardo explore the importance of collateral kin—aunts, uncles and others in extra-nuclear support systems.

Getting to Know You

Spring 2011

Getting to Know You

Michael McKinney

Ideas to help you develop a better knowledge of yourself.

Proverbially Speaking

Spring 2011

Proverbially Speaking

Mark J. Hulme

Conflict between siblings is so common that it often goes unremarked, even unseen in many families, but its effects can be extremely damaging.

Interview with Laurie Kramer: Brothers and Sisters, Unite!

Spring 2011

Brothers and Sisters, Unite!

Gina Stepp

Vision interviews Laurie Kramer, associate dean and professor of applied family studies at the University of Illinois. It’s never too late to build healthy relationships between children or to mend a broken sibling bond, says Dr. Kramer.  

Know Thyself

Spring 2011

Know Thyself! 

Michael McKinney

It’s an imperative with a millennia-long history. But why is it important to develop a thorough knowledge of the self?

family relationships: family favoritism and sibling rivalry

Spring 2011

Parenting Issues: Playing Favorites

Gina Stepp

Parents who favor one child over another can create long-term emotional problems and can devastate family relationships.

Training the Brain

January 17, 2011

Training the Brain

Dan Cloer

We now know that the adolescent mind is as active as a baby’s when it comes to neural pruning in preparation for adult life; it is truly a work in progress.

Multiple Intelligences

Fall 2010

Multiple Intelligences

David Paszkiewicz

Howard Gardner believes intelligence is more than book smarts. In 1983 he proposed the concept of multiple intelligences.

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