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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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)
Pages (from-to)335-360
Number of pages26
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Aug 28 2007
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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