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Benefits Of Family Meals To Mental Health Examined In A Large Community Sample Of Adolescents

March 22, 2013

Here’s a peek behind the scenes, I often check two things when working with a family. One: I ask if people eat meals together. Two: I ask how many bedrooms have TV’s. I have nothing against any answer here, but they are generally good measures of how emotionally and practically close a family is.

I don’t know about the causality of this, but I think some of the reasons for this difference may be that many families I know that have difficulty being in the same room for any length of time have other problems and they are often avoiding one another. So, it may be that having dinner together is helpful, I think it probably is, but it is also certainly correlational or causal in the other direction. Families that don’t get along don’t want to eat together, or avoid eating together as a way to manage conflict and avoid unpleasant interactions. I’m not saying it’s a good thing, just understandable when families become very distant and have unresolved conflict.
Benefits Of Family Meals To Mental Health Examined In A Large Community Sample Of Adolescents
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/257999.php

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