The importance of the family dinner – or not!

A new study to be published in the Journal of Marriage and Family and reported in EurekAlert questions whether it is the fact that the family dinner is the making of the strong teen or the strong family that happens to dine together that makes the strong teen.  The authors suspect that without the other factors, the simple fact of regular meals wouldn’t be a protective factor!

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2 Responses to “The importance of the family dinner – or not!”


  1. 1 Bonnie Flahr June 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I don’t agree with that post. At least a family who sits down to eat together has the opportunity of sharing important events within their lives, and just sharing with each other.

    • 2 Juanita M June 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      I was surprised by this conclusion as well, Bonnie. One of my favourite, and I thought evidence-based, questions to ask families and kids was “do you eat dinner together?” I have seen earlier studies indicating that this is a protective factor, so wonder if this new study is just trying to refine what the protective factors are.


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