John DeFrain, PhD, is an extension professor of family and community development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who has focused his professional energy for the past 35 years in better understanding how families learn to live happily together. He cofounded the National and International Symposium on Building Family Strengths, which grew into a consortium of groups organizing 35 allied conferences in the United States and around the world since 1978. His research with a team of investigators around the world has collected data on family strengths from 21,000 family members in 27 countries. DeFrain has served as consultant to courts, universities, churches, agencies, and individual families on marriage, parenting, grief, divorce, and child custody issues. He recently received the Outstanding New Extension Family Specialist Award, and the MISS Foundation Phoenix Award for service to bereaved parents who have lost children. He has coauthored more than 60 professional articles on family issues and 18 books. Sylvia M. Asay, PhD, CFLE, is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. She received her Ph.D. in Community and Human Resources at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1998. She has receivd her Certified Family LIfe Educator credentials through the National Council on Family Relations. She has 13 years of post-secondary teaching experience with such courses as Infant Development, Lifespan Development, Human Sexual Behavior, and Marriage and Family Relationships, as well as Family Resource Management.