Reexamining Family Stress: New Theory and Research / Edition 1

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This challenging new inquiry liberates the study of family stress from the traditional positivist notions of the ABC-X model, favouring a new systemic paradigm which views stress as a multifaceted phenomenon with multiple causes and coping strategies.

Using a series of qualitative and quantitative studies of different families in stress, the authors outline the various patterns of family responses to stress, the elements of the family system most affected by stressful events and the helpfulness or harmfulness of differing family management strategies.

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The authors reexamine the theoretical literature in search of a better way of understanding stress and its management in families--setting aside traditional positivist notions in favor of a family systems paradigm that allows them to view stress as a multifaceted phenomenon with multiple causes and coping strategies. Using a series of qualitative and quantitative studies of different families in stress, they outline the various patterns of family response to stress, the elements of the family system affected by stressful events, and the advantages and disadvantages of management strategies in different families. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803949300
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/18/1993
  • Series: SAGE Library of Social Research Series, #193
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Paradigms and Assumptions
A Systems Model of Family Stress
Research Design
Changes in Overall Family Functioning
Variation Within the Family System
Reconceptualizing Coping Strategies
When Are Coping Strategies Helpful and Harmful?
Developmental Patterns in Family Coping
General Principles, Implications and Future Directions
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