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Not for publication Sept. 15, 1997 -- No. 635

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.

Jordan Institute researchers to present four years of findings from Family Strength Index

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Jordan Institute for Families, Drs. Dennis K. Orthner and George P. Cole, will present four years' worth of findings from the Family Strength Index, an annual survey that examines aspects of life shown to predict a family's coping ability, or its “strength.”

In the 1997 Family Strength Index, 55 percent of North Carolina families surveyed said they felt capable of coping with life's challenges, a significant drop from the index's findings of 62 percent in 1996 and 1995. In 1994, 54 percent of families surveyed believed they were strong enough to cope.

Orthner, associate director of policy development and analysis, and Cole, senior research associate, will present these and other findings during a media briefing at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 16) in the Magnolia Room at the William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center. A news release and color and black-and-white graphics will be available at the briefing.

The Jordan Institute is part of the UNC-CH School of Social Work. Orthner and Cole will be presenting their findings later Tuesday during a conference of the Family Council of North Carolina.

To reserve a space or get directions, call Karen Stinneford at UNC-CH News Services at 919-962-2091.

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