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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? The Third Edition of Family Stress Management continues its original commitment to recognize both the external and internal contexts in which distressed families find themselves. With its hallmark Contextual Model of Family Stress (CMFS), the Third Edition provides practitioners and researchers with a useful framework to understand and help distressed individuals, couples, and families. The example of a universal stressor—a death in the family—highlights cultural differences in ways of coping. Throughout, there is new emphasis on diversity and the nuances of family stress management—such as ambiguous loss—plus new discussions on family resilience and community as resources for support.

Multicultural Perspectives of a Universal Stressor
Multicultural Perspectives of a Universal Stressor

I was living hundreds of miles away. It had been about 2 or 3 months since I visited my family. It was a good visit, as always. At least twice a week I would communicate with someone in my family—either my sister, my parents, or uncles. Each time, everyone was doing well. We were, and still are, a tight-knit family. One night—and I remember this vividly—I had a peculiar dream. In the dream I heard a noise. I got out of bed, crept into the living room, and peered through the blinds of the patio door. A wolf—gray and white—was standing there ...

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