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.

Family Coping, Adapting, and Managing

Family Coping, Adapting, and Managing

On a Thursday evening in September 1998, a 24-year-old Minnesota woman, Khoua Her, strangled her six children, aged 11, 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5 and then unsuccessfully tried to kill herself. The year before, she had called 911 many times when her estranged husband attacked her and the children; she had filed two orders for protection against him. Because she belonged to a Hmong clan, however, the police deferred to the patriarchs, who said they would handle the problem. The troubled woman received no outside help or protection, however. Short on money and food, she fell into a downward spiral of depression and ...

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