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The Child's Family

The family environment provides the backdrop and context for children’s health and development. Family activities and experiences contribute to children’s health and wellness, and parents’ problems and stresses reflect the family’s well-being. This section examines a range of family activities, including reading, singing, and telling stories to young children, sharing meals, and attending religious services, as well as risk factors for families, including smoking in the household, parental stress, and problems with child care.

This section includes the following indicators: