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Stress Management Theory and Techniques in Families

  • By: Janice G. Weber
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Stress is a normal part of daily life for families, and usually families can manage stress on their own. Sometimes, families need help in managing their stress. Help can actually be provided before stressors occur through anticipatory or primary prevention in the form of education or consultation. Anticipatory or primary prevention can also be used after a stressor but before a family experiences stress of crisis proportions. Stress management includes a Level I and Level II assessment in which Level I assesses risk to life. Once risk to life has been ruled out or eliminated, Level II assesses for the stressor, stress symptoms, resources, coping strategies, and contexts. Stress management includes plans for follow-up with the primary purpose of finding out whether the family's stress ...

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