The overall aim of this project is to develop informational materials and extension programming centered on the topic of estrangement in families. Cornell’s research has shown that between 20-30% of Americans are actively estranged from a family member, and most families experience at least one estrangement at some point. We have also found that family rifts can have profound mental, and even physical, negative effects on people. Surprisingly, however, there has been almost no research on the topic, and there is also little guidance for people trying to reconcile with family members or otherwise deal with a family rift. The activities on this project have necessarily been curtailed this year, but we are engaged in background research, literature review, and an examination of potential program models.
This project is funded by the National 4-H Council and the Altria Corporation to extend the original 4-H study (completed by Tufts University by Lerner and Lerner) by reconnecting with both 4-H and non-4-H participants, now in their late 20s, to learn how these individuals have developed as young adults. Additionally, the study will conduct a short-term replication of the original study, assessing a diverse sample of 4-H and non-4-H youth from middle and high school grads at three times during the school year. The second part is where Jefferson County 4-H will help! If you are interested in having your child be part of this study, visit http://ccejefferson.org/resources/flyer-for-4-h-study-of-positive-youth-development-replication for more information!
Last updated April 28, 2021