Great Plains Studies, Center for



Date of this Version

Fall 2004


Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 14, No. 2, 2004. Copyright © 2004 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Our colleague and friend Dr. Nick Stinnett, a former faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a pioneer in research on strong families. Stinnett is now a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. He has defined family strengths as:
those relationship patterns, interpersonal skills and competencies, and social and psychological characteristics which create a sense of positive family identity, promote satisfying and fulfilling interaction among family members, encourage the development of the potential of the family group and individual family members, and contribute to the family's ability to deal effectively with stress and crises. (Stinnett 1979:2)