Why take a family vacation? UNT doctoral student weighs in

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 09:46

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Summer months are looming. Should your family plan a getaway? Is it worth the time off work and the hassle of planning?

University of North Texas doctoral student Debbie Farr, who has studied family vacations, can discuss changing perceptions of vacations throughout the decades and can talk about a body of research that shows the benefits of family vacations.

"In this country, we have forgotten there's a real purpose behind vacation, and it's not just to be slackers," said Farr, who has worked with parents and families for about 20 years. "We have this pervasive belief that if you're on vacation, you're not working, and if you're not working, it's a bad thing."

Farr focused her doctoral dissertation on family vacations and found a positive connection between family vacations and family cohesion. She hopes the research may help counselors or educators who work with parents and families to suggest vacations as a way to help build strong and cohesive families.

"Something that might be helpful for you is just to get away," Farr said. "I can now turn to families and say, 'When was the last time you got away – the four of you?'"

Farr plans to graduate with her doctoral degree in educational research in May.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108


Latest News

Scott Dikkers
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Scott Dikkers, founding editor of the satirical publication The Onion, presents "Funny Story Behind the Funny Stories," part of the 2014-15 Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series, at the University of North Texas.

Mike Campbell
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Teachers and instructors of survey-level college courses will learn how to use stories about world leaders to interest their students in history during the University of North Texas' annual Teaching of History Conference Sept. 20 (Saturday).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The University of North Texas Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism has awarded $140,000 in scholarships to students for the 2014-2015 year.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gary Webb and Nicole Dash have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study disaster preparedness among Native American communities -- a historically underrepresented population in the field of emergency preparedness research in the United States.

Union construction
Thursday, August 28, 2014

UNT will celebrate the placement of the highest steel beam at a topping off ceremony on the UNT Library Mall.