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Families operate like societies, just in a smaller unit. When something happens that impacts one family member, everyone is affected and the whole system is shaken. As a consequence, the family will either adapt to the change and carry on with their rules and responsibilities, or fall into crisis.

Just like every society that has ever existed, families need support—financial, social and emotional—to help them get through problems.

Sothy Eng from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) asked CTAHR faculty members for their advice and insight to help provide support for Hawaiʻi individuals and families undergoing stressful circumstances due to COVID-19.

Together, Eng and his colleagues created a one-page resource, “Family Coping in Challenging Times,” which includes advice on family economics, intergenerational caregiving tips and social and emotional support methods. HDFS is eager to help people learn and benefit from their provided coping strategies.

“Family Coping in Challenging Times” is available online.

Read more at CTAHR’s website.

—By Sothy Eng

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