Stress, Coping, and Health in Families: Sense of Coherence and Resiliency

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Rather than investigating the pathology of families under stress, this book takes the unusual step of studying individuals, families and ethnic groups moving towards health. This approach provides new insights as to why some families manage life events with relative ease and recover from adversity with renewed strength, harmony and purpose. The contributors develop the concept of a family and culturally induced sense of coherence as the key to promoting health and well-being.

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This inaugural publication of the Center for Excellence in Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is based on Aaron Antonovsky's theory of salutogenesis (per his 1984 "The sense of coherence as a determinant of health" in Matarazzo, et al., eds. ) encompassing the concepts of resiliency and sense of coherence. These 35 adherents highlight the power of families more than their deficits in empirical studies on coherence related to families, aging, and most intriguingly, possible impact on immunology<--> featuring families of diverse ethnicities and dis/abilities. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761913962
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/8/1998
  • Series: Resiliency in Families Series, #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Preface: Families at Their Best
I Overview and Theory
Ch. 1 The Sense of Coherence: An Historical and Future Perspective 3
Ch. 2 The Structure and Properties of the Sense of Coherence Scale 21
Ch. 3 Ethnicity, Schema, and Coherence: Appraisal Processes for Families in Crisis 41
II Coherence and Families at Risk
Ch. 4 Theoretical Linkages: Family Meanings and Sense of Coherence 71
Ch. 5 Sense of Coherence and the Stress-Illness Relationship Among Employees: A Prospective Study 91
Ch. 6 Sense of Coherence as a Predictor of Family Functioning and Child Problems: Preliminary Findings Among Homeless, Substance-Abusing Women With Children 107
Ch. 7 The Salutogenic Effect of an MBA Program: Sense of Coherence and the Academic Experience of U.S. and Foreign MBA Students 125
Ch. 8 Sense of Coherence in Adolescents With Cystic Fibrosis 145
Ch. 9 The Relationship Between Family Sense of Coherence and Family Quality of Life After Illness Diagnosis: Collective and Consensus Views 169
Ch. 10 Single Mothers of Children With Disabilities: The Role of Sense of Coherence in Managing Multiple Challenges 189
III Coherence and Aging
Ch. 11 The Family Sense of Coherence and the Retirement Transition 207
Ch. 12 Salutogenesis, Successful Aging, and the Advancement of Theory on Family Caregiving 227
Ch. 13 The Correlates of Coherence in Caregivers to Demented and Nondemented Elderly in Belgium: An Interim Report 249
Ch. 14 Sense of Coherence and Survival in the Chronically Ill Elderly: A Five-Year Follow-Up 265
IV Coherence and Immunology
Ch. 15 The Role of Sense of Coherence in Mediating the Effects of Mental Imagery on Immune Function, Cancer Outcome, and Quality of Life 279
Ch. 16 Sense of Coherence, Health, and Immunoglobulin M Among Older Anglo-American and Japanese-American Women: An Exploratory Study 293
Index 307
About the Editors 313
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