Nebraska Authors

John DeFrain

Places Lived

Madison, WI
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


SIDS; Medical; Psychology; Grief; Families; Marriage


Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1970
Master of Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1971
Ph.D. in Family Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1975


Professor of Family Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Newspaper Reporter

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Outstanding New Extension Family Specialist Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MISS Foundation Phoenix Award for service to bereaved parents who have lost children


Co-founded the National and International Symposium on Building Family Strengths


Family Strengths 3: Roots of Well-Being. 1981. (Edited with Nick Stinnett, Kay King, Patricia Knaub and George Rowe)
Coping With Sudden Infant Death. 1982. (with Jacque Taylor and Linda Ernst)
Parents in Contemporary America: A Sympathetic View. 1983. (with E.E. LeMasters)
Secrets of Strong Families. 1985. (with Nick Stinnett)
Stillborn: The Invisible Death. 1986. (with Leona Martens, Jan Stork and Warren Stork)
On Our Own: A Single Parent's Survival Guide. 1987.
Sudden Infant Death: Enduring the Loss. 1991.
Marriage and the Family: Diversity and Strengths. 1994. (with David L. Olson)
We Cry Out: Living With Developmental Disabilities. 2006. (with Susan Dahl)
A Journey: Creative Grieving and Healing. 2006. (with John S. Campbell)
Family Treasures. 2006.
Surviving and Transcending a Traumatic Childhood: The Dark Thread. 2007. (with Linda Skorgrand, Nikki DeFrain and Jean Jones)
Strong Families Around the World: Strength-Based Research and Perspectives. 2007. (with Sylvia M. Asay)
Marriages and Families: Intimacy, Diversity and Strengths. 2010. (with David L. Olson and Linda Skogrand)
Getting Connected, Staying Connected: Loving One Another, Day by Day. 2012.

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