Family Stress Management: A Contextual Approach

Family Stress Management: A Contextual Approach


By (author) Pauline Boss

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  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 240mm x 18mm | 426g
  • Publication date: 10 January 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Thousand Oaks
  • ISBN 10: 0803973896
  • ISBN 13: 9780803973893
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition

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In this Second Edition, the author continues to explore both the larger context surrounding families and stress and the inner context, which includes perceptions and meanings. The author emphasizes the need for a more general contextual model of family stress and crises than other models. The goal is to provide a framework for students and professionals engaged in helping families learn how to manage their stress.

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Pauline Boss, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; a former president of the National Council on Family Relations, and a family therapist in private practice. Dr. 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 was 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. With her groundbreaking work as a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Boss is the principal theorist in the study of ambiguous loss, a term she coined in the 1970s. Since then, she has researched various types of ambiguous loss, summarizing her work in the widely acclaimed book, Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief (Harvard University Press, 1999). In addition, Loss, Trauma, and Resilience (Norton, 2006), presents six therapeutic guidelines for treatment when loss is complicated by ambiguity. These guidelines are based on her years of work with families of the physically missing during the Vietnam War, after 9/11, and in Kosovo, as well as in clinical work with families with loved ones who are missing psychologically from Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, as well as from traumatic brain injury. Dr. Boss's most recent book, Loving Someone Who Has Dementia (Jossey-Bass, 2011) outlines proven strategies for managing the ongoing stress and grief while caring for someone who has dementia and offers hope for dealing with the ambiguous loss of dementia--having a loved one both here and not here, physically present but psychologically absent.

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgements 1. What Is New? 2. The Contextual Model: Understanding Family Stress in Science and Practice 3. Definitions: A Guide to Family Stress Theory 4. Coping, Adapting, Being Resilient...or Is It Managing? 5. Boundary Ambiguity: A Risk Factor in Family Stress Management 6. The Link Between Ambiguity and Ambivalence in Family Stress Management 7. Denial: Barrier if Buffer in Family Stress Management 8. Family Values and Belief Systems: Influences on Family Stress Management 9. The Family's External Context 10. Family Crisis: Overcoming Trauma and Victimization 11. Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going? Postscript References Index About the Author