Culture-related strengths among Latin American families

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Subtitle: a case study of Brazil
Author list: Koller S, Carlo G, Raffaelli M, De Guzman M R T
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles
Publication year: 2007
Volume number: 41
Issue number: 3-4
Start page: 335
End page: 360
Number of pages: 26
ISSN: 0149-4929
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


We provide an analysis of culturally-specific strength characteristics associated with families in Brazil. The focus is on familism and familial interdependence, the role of the extended family, cooperative and prosocial tendencies, a collective orientation, and the closing gender gap. The article is divided into four sections. First, we provide some background information on the demographics and history of Brazil. Second, the family strength characteristics are discussed. Third, case studies are briefly presented to illustrate the protective role of the characteristics. And fourth, we discuss the implications of the strengths-based approach to studying families for theories, research, and program development.


Culture, Família, Gender, Latin America, Prosocial behavior


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