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Sustainability

Environmental Impacts on Families: Change, Challenge, and Adaptation

Environmental Impacts on Families: Change, Challenge, and Adaptation

October 25 - 26

Families are embedded in larger contexts that have implications for family relationships and well-being. A large body of research by family scholars has documented multiple dimensions of the broader social environment−including cultural, economic, and political contexts−in family functioning. Less attention has been paid to how dimensions of the physical environment may impact families, including factors that protect families and promote their resilience in the face of change and challenge. Toward stimulating novel interdisciplinary and translational research on families, the 2021 National Symposium on Family Issues will interrogate the role of the physical environment in family relationships, behaviors, and well-being, with a focus on three key dimensions: disasters, climate change, and the built environment.