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.

Families, Communities, and Neighborhoods

Families, Communities, and Neighborhoods

A local newspaper reporter wrote of a woman working in her garden while her young children played in the yard and of a neighbor sitting on his porch watching children return home from school (Johnson, 2012). These are examples of the “specialness of the mundane” and do not seem remarkable except that not so long ago the people in this neighborhood were afraid to leave their homes. Activities that seemed ordinary became significant because previously there were barriers to doing them. One resident said that he could not get a pizza delivered after dark because there were so many robberies of those delivering pizzas. ...

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