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Overview

Rather than emphasizing the problems themselves, this volume examines the prevention of family problems that are caused by stress. It helps readers understand the process of recognizing and managing events and situations that cause high stress in families and why some families go under and some survive in a context of change and tension.

The first book-length synthesis of current research on family stress, this unique text provides students with a basic understanding of where the field is today and speculates on the focus of future research; it is invaluable for classes in family studies, marriage, family therapy and related courses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803923812
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/1988
  • Series: Family Studies Text Series , #8
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160

Meet the Author

Pauline Boss, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; a former president of the National Council on Family Relations, and a family therapist in private practice. Dr. Boss received her Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she subsequently taught for many years. In 1981, she joined the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, where she was Professor and Clinical Supervisor in the doctoral training program in marriage and family therapy. She was appointed Visiting Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, 1995-96.

With her groundbreaking work as a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Boss is the principal theorist in the study of ambiguous loss, a term she coined in the 1970s. Since then, she has researched various types of ambiguous loss, summarizing her work in the widely acclaimed book, Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief (Harvard University Press, 1999). In addition, Loss, Trauma, and Resilience (Norton, 2006), presents six therapeutic guidelines for treatment when loss is complicated by ambiguity. These guidelines are based on her years of work with families of the physically missing during the Vietnam War, after 9/11, and in Kosovo, as well as in clinical work with families with loved ones who are missing psychologically from Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, as well as from traumatic brain injury. Dr. Boss's most recent book, Loving Someone Who Has Dementia (Jossey-Bass, 2011) outlines proven strategies for managing the ongoing stress and grief while caring for someone who has dementia and offers hope for dealing with the ambiguous loss of dementia—having a loved one both here and not here, physically present but psychologically absent.

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Table of Contents

The Family
Stress Reducing or Stress Producing?
Definitions
A Guide to Family Stress Theory
Coping, Adapting... or Is It Managing?
Boundary Ambiguity
A Barrier to Family Stress Management
Denial
Another Barrier to Family Stress Management
Family Values and Belief Systems
Influences on Family Stress Management
The Family's External Context
Victimization and Family Crisis
Where Did We Come From And Where Are We Now?

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