What's at the Heart of the Canadian Family?

    OTTAWA, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - According to 77% of Canadians, raising a family
is more difficult today than it was a generation ago. In a study released by
the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC), almost 4000 Canadians at
key lifestages were asked about their perceptions of family life today.
    "This is one of the most complete pictures of Canadian family life and
the material and value based challenges that go with it," stated Dave Quist,
IMFC's Executive Director.
    There have been a variety of changes to the structure of the North
American family. Not all of these changes have had positive outcomes. Not
surprisingly, the biggest challenge at almost every stage of life is
financial. The biggest disagreement within a relationship is child discipline
- only 15% of couples are able to agree on how to carry this out. But a clear
majority of families also place a high importance on resolving spousal
conflict and passing on moral values was a priority for 9 out of 10 Canadian
    This study presents a comprehensive snapshot of the debates at the heart
of the Canadian family. "Politicians, social agencies, non-governmental
organizations and other decision makers will all learn from the data,
especially as it relates to the moral health and wellbeing of children,"
closed Quist.
    The research was completed by Sensus Research Inc. one of the largest
privately owned and operated marketing research firms in Western Canada.
    The full results of the survey are available on-line at

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For further information: or comment, please contact: Dave Quist,
Executive Director at (613) 565-3832

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