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Not for publication Sept. 23, 1998 -- No. 711


9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 1998
UNC-CH School of Social Work auditorium
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, 301 Pittsboro St.

Jordan Institute researchers to present findings from 1998 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 findings from the 1998 Family Strength Index, an annual survey that examines aspects of life shown to predict a family's coping ability, or its "strength."

In last year’s index, 55 percent of North Carolina families surveyed said they felt capable of coping with life's challenges. That marked a drop from 1996 and 1995, when 62 percent of families reported feeling strong.

Orthner, associate director of policy development and analysis, and Cole, senior research associate, will present these and other findings during a media briefing at 9 a.m. Friday in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building auditorium. A news release and color graphics will be available at the briefing. The Jordan Institute is part of the UNC-CH School of Social Work.

Parking: A limited amount of parking for print reporters is available at the State Employees Credit Union, located across Pittsboro Street from the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building. Broadcast media in marked vans may park on the sidewalk in front of the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building. Other parking is available at News Services at 210 Pittsboro St. To reserve a parking space or get directions, call Karen Stinneford at 919-962-8415.

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