Family Stress: Classic and Contemporary Readings

Family Stress: Classic and Contemporary Readings


Edited by Pauline Boss

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  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 508 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 231mm x 23mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 6 November 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Thousand Oaks
  • ISBN 10: 0761926127
  • ISBN 13: 9780761926122
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 1,715,504

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An anthology of 23 major articles from family stress literature that provides academics and students with an accessible, coherent compilation of writings by past, present and emerging family stress scholars. The book includes classic and current writings from multi-disciplinary streams of work in family social science, social work, nursing, family sociology, family therapy, and family psychology. The chapters address the increasingly diverse and complex family situations of stress and crisis and provide a new generation of family stress scholars with convenient access to a sampling of articles by past and present researchers, theorists, and clinicians. The editor has written chapter introductions that encourage students, researchers, and practitioners to expand their own thinking about the concepts and models of family stress and coping to guide the development of future work in this field.

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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

PART 1: WHAT IS NEW IN FAMILY STRESS THEORY & RESEARCH? 1. Family Sense of Coherence and Family Adaptation - Antonovsky, A. & Sournai, T. (1988) 2. Evolving the Biobehavioral Family Model: The Fit of Attachment - Wood, B.L., Klebba, K.B., & Miller, B.D. (2000) 3. Stress, Competence, and Development: Continuties in the Study of Schizophrenic Adults, Children Vulnerabe to Psychopathology, and the Search for Stress-Resistant Children - Garmezy, N. (1987) 4. Toward a Definition of Family Resilience: Integrating Life-span and Family Perspectives - Hawley, D.R. & DeHaan, L. (1996) 5. Stress Levels, Family Help Patterns, and Religiosity in Middle- and Working-Class African American Single Mothers - McAdoo, H.P. (1995) 6. Spiritual Thoughts, Coping, and "Sense of Coherence" in Brain Tumour Patients and Their Spouses - Strang, S. & Strang, P. (2001) 7. Suffering and Spirituality: The Soul of Clinical Work With Families - Wright, L.M. (1997) 8. Levels of Meaning in Family Stress Theory - Patterson, J.M. & Garwick, A.W. (1994) PART 2: MODELS AND THEORIES 9. The Double ABCX Model of Family Stress and Adaptation: An Empirical Test by Analysis of Structural Equations With Latent Variables - LaVee, Y., McCubbin, H.I. & Patterson, J. (1985) 10. Family Stress: Integrating Theory & Measurement - Hobfoll, S.E. & Spielberger, C.D. (1992) 11. Primacy of Perception in Family Stress Theory and Measurement - Boss, P. (1992) 12. Stress, Change, and Families: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations - Kazak, A.E. (1992) 13. Process of Family Stress: A Response to Boss (1992) and Kazak (1992) - Hobfoll, S.E. & Spielberger, C.D. (1992) PART 3: DEFINITIONS: A GUIDE TO FAMILY STRESS THEORY 14. Generic Features of Families Under Stress - Hill, R. (1958) PART 4: BOUNDARY AMBIGUITY: A RISK FACTOR IN FAMILY STRESS MANAGEMENT 15. Normative Family Stress: Family Boundary Changes Across the Life-Span - Boss, P. (1980) 16. Family Boundary Ambiguity Predicts Alzheimer's Outcomes - Caron, W.; Boss, P. & Mortimer, J. (1999) PART 5: THE LINK BETWEEN AMBIGUITY & AMBIVALENCE IN FAMILY STRESS THEORY 17. Intergenerational Ambivalence: A New Approach to the Study of Parent-Child Relations in Later Life - Luescher, K. & Pillemer, K. (1998) 18. Adult Children of Fathers Missing in Action (MIA): An Examination of Emotional Distress, Grief, and Family Hardiness - Campbell, C.L. & Demi, A.S. (2000) PART 6: FAMILY VALUES AND BELIEF SYSTEMS: INFLUENCES ON FAMILY STRESS MANAGEMENT 19. Psychological Distress Among the Cree of James Bay - Kirmaayer, L., Boothroyd, L., Tanner, A., Adelson, N., Robinson, E. (2000) PART 7: THE FAMILY'S EXTERNAL CONTEXT 20. The Cultural Genogram: Key to Training Culturally Competent Family Therapists - Hardy, K.V. & Laszloffy, T.A. (1995) 21. Racial Discrimination as a Moderator of the Links Among Stress, Maternal Psychological Functioning, and Family Relationships - Murry, V.M., Brown, P.A., Brody, G.H., Cutrona, C.E. & Simons, R.L. (2001) 22. Couple Resilience to Economic Pressure - Conger, R.D., Rueter, M.A. & Elder, G.H., Jr. (1999) PART 8: SUMMARY AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS 23. The Family's Conception of Accountability and Competence: A New Approach to the Conceptualization and Assessment of Family Stress - Reiss, D., & Oliveri, M.E. (1991)