Change is a constant in life, even when it comes to “family dynamics”— the interrelationships between family members , according to Bahira Sherif Trask, professor of human development and family studies.
But today, the process is even more accelerated, says Trask, who shared examples from research around the world at the first TEDxWilmington conference, held this past August in Wilmington, Del.
So, are these changes good or bad?
Trask doesn’t pass judgment, but rather explores the impact these types of shifts have on the economy, families and relationships.
“We are in the midst of an incredible social transformation,” the UD expert explains. “It’s a radical and permanent transformation, and it’s happening very quickly. It’s accelerated now. What I’m trying to do is raise awareness, so we can put in place programs and policies that will help individuals and families with these new phenomena.”
Originating in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from technology, entertainment and design (from which its name is derived), TED is a nonprofit “devoted to ideas worth spreading.” TED events feature short presentations on a wide range of subjects to educate and spark meaningful discussions.