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Why do some families survive stressful situations while others fall apart? Can a family’s beliefs and values be used as a predictor of vulnerability to stress? And most importantly, can family stress be prevented? In this Second Edition, Pauline Boss continues to explore both the larger context surrounding families and stress and the inner context, which includes perceptions and meanings. The author emphasizes the need for a more general contextual model of family stress that may be applicable to a wider diversity of people and families as well as a wider variety of stresses and crises than other models. The goal is to provide a framework for students and professionals engaged in helping families learn how to manage their stress.
1. What Is New?
2. The Contextual Model: Understanding Family Stress in Science and Practice
3. Definitions: A Guide to Family Stress Theory
4. Coping, Adapting, Being Resilient...or Is It Managing?
5. Boundary Ambiguity: A Risk Factor in Family Stress Management
6. The Link Between Ambiguity and Ambivalence in Family Stress Management
7. Denial: Barrier if Buffer in Family Stress Management
8. Family Values and Belief Systems: Influences on Family Stress Management
9. The Family's External Context
10. Family Crisis: Overcoming Trauma and Victimization
11. Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
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