Family cohesion and conflict in an American Indian community

Nicolette I. Teufel-Shone, Lisa K. Staten, Sandra Irwin, Ulrike Rawiel, Andrea B. Bravo, Sharon Waykayuta

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Objective: To assess the feasibility of using a portion of the Family Environment Scale (FES) with American Indian families and to describe the mean family profile exhibited by one Native community. Methods: The cohesion, expressiveness, conflict and active-recreational orientation subscales of the FES were administered to 130 adults, representing 65 families. Results: Mean responses reveal a pattern of average levels of cohesion and expressiveness, concurrent with high levels of family conflict. Conclusions: Outcomes illustrate the feasibility and utility of this scale in assessing and guiding health promotion services within Native communities. Results suggest Native families have a distinctive family profile.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-422
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2005


  • American Indian
  • FES scale
  • Family
  • Social environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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