Family Strengths: Identifying Your Family's Strengths

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All families have strengths. What are yours? Complete the "Discovering Our Family Strengths" chart to identify your own family's strengths and areas you'd like to grow stronger. Each family member eight years of age and older should complete the chart. This way you can get a better picture of how each family member views the family.

After you have completed the chart, notice where your family agrees on strengths. These are your family strengths. Also notice where family members rate strengths differently. Talk about what these differences mean.

Next, go to the Goal Setting Worksheet. Choose activities that continue to build at least one of your areas of strength. In addition, choose one or two areas that the family agrees need improvement. List the activities you will do and when. 

Discovering Our Family Strengths Chart

Strength Area

Very Strong

Some Growth Needed

Much Growth Needed

Caring and Appreciation

     

Time Together

     

Encouragement

     

Commitment

     

Communication

     

Adaptive Ability

     

Spirituality

     

Community and Family Ties

     

Clear Responsibilities

     

 

Goal Setting Worksheet

Strength Area

Our Goals

Activities We Will Do

When

Caring and Appreciation

     

Time Together

     

Encouragement

     

Commitment

     

Communication

     

Adaptive Ability

     

Spirituality

     

Community and Family Ties

     

Clear Responsibilities

     

 

Written by Stephen F. Duncan, Professor, and Kristi McLane, Research Assistant, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University.