• Summary
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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.

Future Challenges to Family Stress Management
Future Challenges to Family Stress Management

It is the tradition of this book to end with a nod to what may be future challenges to family well-being. The following are several stressors that we think are impacting families now and may increase their stress in the future. You may or may not agree. Feel free to add to our list.

Health Disparities

Data suggest that there are significant inequalities in many health conditions worldwide such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases (Di Cesare et al., 2013). Risk factors, such as smoking, alcohol abuse, use of coal for cooking and heating, and obesity, tend to be prevalent among low-income groups of families. If those risk factors lead to poor ...

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