The steady stream of research and clinical interest in family rituals has been stimulated, in part, because family rituals make sense to families. Family members can identify what rituals they practice and distinguish how important they are to family life. Rituals can be directly observed in their practice. The study of family rituals may allow researchers to break away from the tradition of identifying "good" and "bad" traits and focus on how families find success and meaning in their collective lives.
See also: CIRCUMCISION; FAMILY AND RELATIONAL RULES; FAMILY FOLKLORE; FAMILY STORIES AND MYTHS; HINDUISM; HOME; HONEYMOON; JUDAISM; MARRIAGE CEREMONIES; MARRIAGE, DEFINITION OF; SUBSTANCE ABUSE; THERAPY: FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS; TIME USE
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