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Dealing with Stress

Family Problem Solving

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Sharon M. Danes, Extension Specialist and Professor — Family Social Science

Revised July 2009 by the author.

When people are ready to talk about family issues or conflicts, two essential ingredients are needed. First, there needs to be a willingness to work toward solutions. Second, there must be agreement that there is a problem and what the problem is.

Following are suggestions that can be followed during a decision process.

Successful social decisions bring people closer together and improve future communication. For more information call a family counselor, spiritual advisor, or mental health service provider.


Danes, S.M. (1986). Solving Family Problems Involves Social Decision Making. University of Minnesota Item Number FS-3104. This publication is no longer available.

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