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Fatherly Magazine Spotlights Chair of 
 Adler's Couple and Family Therapy Program 08.07.17
Fatherly Magazine Spotlights Chair of
Adler's Couple and Family Therapy Program

Parents who encourage their children to nurture relationships with extended relatives — specifically, cousins — can help them to gain valuable support amidst the modern-day evolution of family structures.

Cousins are uniquely suited to foster emotional growth among children because of their shared generational ties, says Kristina Brown, Ph.D. and chair of Adler University’s Couple and Family Therapy program. Brown weighed in on the subject in Fatherly magazine’s recent report, “Why Kids Need Close Cousins.”

“Cousins are very important, particularly as families become more spread out," she said. “They become additional resources outside of our family of origin."

Building the extended ties yields benefits including emotional support, kinship and effective conflict resolution.

“I would definitely encourage families to role-model these relationships for future generations,” Brown said. “Even if that means stepping out of our comfort zones and doing something that our parents didn’t necessarily do.”

Read the full article on the role of cousins in Fatherly. Learn more about our master's and doctorate Couple and Family Therapy degree programs online.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.