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.

Boundary Ambiguity A Perceptual Risk in Family Stress Management

Boundary Ambiguity A Perceptual Risk in Family Stress Management

Boundary Ambiguity: A Perceptual Risk in Family Stress Management

My dad was deployed for a long time in the Middle East so my mother was in charge at home. She made the decisions, took care of us, managed the money and the house, and kept up the car and our activities. We helped a lot, but we knew she was the boss. When Dad came home for good, things were confusing. Right away, he wanted to take over where he left off—being the head of the family, but Mom was now accustomed to that role and didn’t want to give it up. It took some ...

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