Sylvia Asay recently traveled to Vancouver, Canada, where she received the Jan Trost Award from the International Section of the National Council on Family Relations.
Asay says, “Most of my research has focused on family strengths in post-Communist countries and how we can look at families who have been under that kind of strain for 30-plus years during the Communist period and how their families have been able to be resilient during this time.”
The results were something of a surprise.
“What we found was that families are very strong in those post-Communist countries and even though economically they’re in very dire straits, families banded together and probably in reality are stronger than families in the United States and other Western countries,” she says.
Asay has traveled to nearly 30 countries in an effort better learn the strengths of families around the world. In the past few years, she’s worked with a team of 50 researchers across the globe writing books on family strengths and family violence in more than 20 countries.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney