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Family atmosphere is set by the relationship between the parents. It may be understood as the climate of the household as the person remembers perceiving and experiencing it when he or she was a child. Family atmosphere may be described in meteorological analogies as sunny, warm, stormy, calm, tense, threatening, cold, etc. It also has interactional components such as: encouraging, hostile, cooperative, denigrating, caring, etc. These subjective evaluations concerning family atmosphere are judgments made about life in early childhood at a time when the individual's basic convictions about self, others, and the world were being formed; therefore, these valuations become significant elements in his or her biased apperceptions and expectations about what life both provides and requires.

Excerpted with permission from Griffith, Jane & Powers, Robert L.

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