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Family Traditions and Generations

Schneiderman, Gerald MD; Barrera, Maru PhD

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181b91fe3

Currently, traditional family values that have been passed down through generations appear to be at risk. This has significant implications for the stability and health of individuals, families, and communities. This article explores selected issues related to intergenerational transmission of family values and cultural beliefs, with particular reference to Western culture and values that are rooted in Jewish and Christian traditions. It also examines family values and parenting styles as they influence the developing perspective of children and the family's adaptation to a changing world.

Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics (Dr Schneiderman), Department of Psychology (Dr Barrera), Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Corresponding Author: Gerald Schneiderman, MD, 704-60 St Clair Ave East Toronto (

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.