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This paper has explored a conceptualization of family decision making that attends to the access to and use of information by family decision makers. This framework assumes that individuals and families can to some extent modify their decision making styles to the situation and that flexibility in style is a desired outcome of family life education in the area of decision making. The decisions that families and other organizations make together require a free exchange of information. Concerns over privacy and a tradition of professional supremacy inhibit that exchange. Those concerns must be carefully examined if free exchange is to occur. Technological advances available to large organizations must find family applications.