Family Stress Management

Family Stress Management

Paperback Family Studies Text Series

By (author) Pauline Boss

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  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 13mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 27 June 1988
  • Publication City/Country: Thousand Oaks
  • ISBN 10: 0803923813
  • ISBN 13: 9780803923812

Product description

Rather than emphasizing the problems themselves, this volume examines the prevention of family problems that are caused by stress. It helps readers understand the process of recognizing and managing events and situations that cause high stress in families and why some families go under and some survive in a context of change and tension. The first book-length synthesis of current research on family stress, this unique text provides students with a basic understanding of where the field is today and speculates on the focus of future research; it is invaluable for classes in family studies, marriage, family therapy and related courses.

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Author information

Pauline Boss received her Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she subsequently taught for many years. In 1981, she joined the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, where she is now Professor and Clinical Supervisor in the doctoral training program in marriage and family therapy. She was appointed Visiting Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, 1995-96. Widely recognized for groundbreaking research she has conducted since 1973 on family stress and ambiguity, she summarized part of that work in Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief (Harvard University Press, 1999). Dr. Boss is a past-president of the National Council on Family Relations (where she also chaired the Research & Theory Section and the Theory Construction & Research Methods Workshop) and is a past-president of the Groves Conference on Marriage and the Family. She is also a member of the Council on Contemporary Families. Known as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of family stress, she has worked to connect family science and sociology with family therapy and psychology. Her efforts were validated by her election as Fellow in three different professional organizations: the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (where she chaired the research committee), and the National Council on Family Relations. In addition, she has chaired the research committee of the American Family Therapy Academy and was appointed to serve on the Advisory Board of the Family Research Consortium III on Diversity, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Boss was a coeditor of the Sourcebook on Family Theories and Methods (Plenum, 1993).

Table of contents

The Family Stress Reducing or Stress Producing? Definitions A Guide to Family Stress Theory Coping, Adapting... or Is It Managing? Boundary Ambiguity A Barrier to Family Stress Management Denial Another Barrier to Family Stress Management Family Values and Belief Systems Influences on Family Stress Management The Family's External Context Victimization and Family Crisis Where Did We Come From And Where Are We Now?