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.

Resilience for Managing Stress
Resilience for Managing Stress

The 2013 Boston Marathon was marred by tragedy, a bombing that killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 participants and bystanders. One year after the bombing, USA Today published an article titled “Seeing the World in a Different Way: Boston Survivor Copes With Physical Realities” (Whiteside, 2014). This story is a testament to human resilience at the individual, family, and community levels. Nicole Gross, one of the victims, is facing the physical reality of her wounds and says, “I’m going to be at the back of the line at races, and that’s fine by me. I don’t mind having that change, because the person I ...

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