Culture-related strengths among Latin American families: A case study of Brazil

Gustavo Carlo, Silvia Koller, Marcela Raffaelli, Maria R.T. de Guzman

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStrong Families Around the World
Subtitle of host publicationStrengths-Based Research and Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages335-360
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781317960218
ISBN (Print)9780789036049
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Keywords

  • Culture
  • Families
  • Gender
  • Latin America
  • Prosocial behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Carlo, G., Koller, S., Raffaelli, M., & de Guzman, M. R. T. (2014). Culture-related strengths among Latin American families: A case study of Brazil. In Strong Families Around the World: Strengths-Based Research and Perspectives (pp. 335-360). Taylor and Francis.