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Families & Change

Families & Change
Coping With Stressful Events and Transitions

Fifth Edition
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February 2016 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Families & Change is an excellent resource for students to learn about stress and crisis within families.” 
- Carrie LeFevre Sillito, University of Utah  

Learn how contemporary families respond to and handle common stressful life circumstances.  Integrating research, theory, and applications, Families & Change: Coping With Stressful Events and Transitions, Fifth Edition offers students an in-depth understanding of family change. Each chapter of this bestselling text presents the latest scholarship from leaders in the field on family change and stressors as well as resources for intervention. Timely topics such as resiliency, LGBT families, and military families are addressed.
Part I: Theoretical Foundations
Kevin Bush, Christine A. Price, Sharon J. Price (Patrick C. McKenry Posthumously)
Chapter 1: Families Coping With Change: A Conceptual Overview
The Study of Family Stress and Change  
Family Stress Theory  
ABC-X Model  
Part II: General Family Stress
Heather Helms, Natalie D. Hengstebeck, David Demo
Chapter 2: Everyday Hassles and Family Relationships
What Are Everyday Hassles?  
Methods for Studying Everyday Hassles and Family Relationships  
Understanding the Links Between Everyday Hassles and Family Well-Being  
Intervention: Toward a New Family-Responsive Policy Agenda  
Part III: Developmental Family Forms
Gary Peterson
Chapter 3: Conceptualizing Parental Stress with Family Stress Theory
Pragmatic Realism: Conceptions of Parental Stress  
Conceptualizing Family Stress Theory and Parental Stress:  
Stressors or Stressor Events for Parents: Factor A  
Parents’ Recovery Factors: Resources, Coping, and Adaptation: Factor B  
Parental Definitions: Factor C  
Briana Nelson Goff, Jessica High, Adam Cless, Kelsey Koblitz, Natira Staats, Nicole Springer
Chapter 4: Families with Special Needs: A Journey from Coping and Adaptation to Resilience and Hope
Definition of Terms  
Theoretical Frameworks: Families with Special Needs as Complex Systems  
External Context: Resources and Support Systems in Coping, Adaptation and Building Resilience  
Implications for Research and Professional Practice  
Abbie Goldberg
Chapter 5: LGBQ-Parent Families: Development and Functioning in Context
Coming Out and Being Out  
Same-Sex Relationships  
Becoming Parents, Forming Families  
LGBQ-Parent Families: Experiences and Challenges  
Aine Humble, Christine Price
Chapter 6: Stress and Coping in Later Life
The Aging Family  
Demographic Trends  
Stress in Later Life  
Stressful Events in Later Life  
Models of Coping and Adaptation  
Part IV: Transitional Family Forms
David Demo, Mark Fine
Chapter 7: Divorce: Variation and Fluidity
Theoretical Perspective  
History and Context  
Factors that Predict and Cause Divorce  
Divorce and Its Aftermath  
Chelsea Garneau, Kay Pasley
Chapter 8: Stress and Resilience in Stepfamilies Today
Prevalence and Demographic Characteristics of Stepfamilies  
A Family Systems Approach to Stress and Resilience in Stepfamilies  
Stepfamily Resilience  
Working Professionally With Stepfamilies  
Kevin Ray Bush, Bertranna A. Abrams-Muruthi, Stephanie A. Bohon, Hyoun K. Kim
Chapter 9: Adaptation Among Immigrant Families: Resources and Barriers
Immigrant Families in the United States  
Acculturation and Adaptation  
Common Barriers and Stressors Experienced by Immigrant Families  
Common Resources and Adaptation Among Immigrant Families  
Latino, Asian and Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Families  
Kyung-Hee Lee, Shelley McDermid Wadsworth
Chapter 10: The Newest Generation of U.S. Veterans and Their Families
Theoretical Framework: Life course  
Part V: Violence in a Family and Community Context
Margaret Wright, Lucy Allbaugh
Chapter 11: Promoting Pathways to Resilient Outcomes for Maltreated Children
Rates of Resilience Among Maltreated Children  
Longitudinal Studies Examining Resilient Outcomes for Maltreated Children  
How Interventions Can Foster Resilience in Maltreated Children  
Interventions at Specific Levels of the Ecosystem  
Interventions Targeting Multiple Systems  
Lyndal Khaw
Chapter 12: Stress and Coping with Intimate Partner Violence
Types of Intimate Partner Violence  
Explaining Violence by an Intimate Partner  
Contextual Model of Family Stress  
Leaving Abusive Partners and Postseparation Coping  
Interventions for IPV  
Amity Noltemeyer, Courtney L. McLaughlin, Mark R. McGowan
Chapter 13: Family Responses to School and Community Mass Violence
Mass Violence: The Context  
Theoretical Framework  
Resilience in the Midst of Mass Violence  
Implications for Professionals Working with Families Exposed to Mass Violence Preparedness  
Part VI: Families Encountering Sickness, Poverty, and Death
Jeremy Yorgason, Kevin Stott
Chapter 14: Physical and Mental Illness and Family Stress
Illness Characteristics  
Theoretical Framework  
When a Child is Ill  
When a Spouse/Partner is Ill  
When Aging Parents Are Ill  
Kevin Lyness, Judith Fischer
Chapter 15: Families Coping with Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Children and Substance Abuse Problems  
Adolescents and Youth and Substance Abuse Problems  
Bidirectional Processes  
Issues in Prevention and Treatment  
Suzanne Bartholomae, Jonathon Fox
Chapter 16: Economic Stress and Families
Defining and Measuring Economic Stress  
Economic Conditions of the American Family  
Measures of Family Economic Well-Being  
The Family Economic Stress Model  
Coping with Economic Stress  
Family Financial Planning as a Coping Resource  
Colleen Murray
Chapter 17: Death, Dying and Grief in Families
Etiology of “Invisible Death” and Its Consequences  
Theories of Grieving  
Factors Related to Family Adaptation to Death  
Specific Losses  


Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:


  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Classroom Exercises cover key concepts, and may be used for individual or group settings.
  • Chapter-specific Discussion Questions allows students to delve more deeply into the subject matter.

Families and Change is an exceptional compilation of work that provides a comprehensive overview of some of the most pressing stressors experienced by families today. The strength and resiliency of the family is emphasized throughout the text. It is an excellent handbook for students, practitioners, clinicians and family stress researchers across disciplines.”

Steve A. Wages
Abilene Christian University

“An excellent choice of a textbook – content is thoroughly researched, depth and breadth are substantive, and topics clearly relate to modern concerns and issues for families in contemporary society. A ‘must have’ textbook for students to acquire and apply specialized knowledge of families and coping with change.”

Kathleen A. O’Rourke
Eastern Illinois University

Families & Change is an excellent resource for students to learn about stress and crisis within families.”

Carrie LeFevre Sillito
University of Utah

Families and Change tackles current and critical topics such as race, cultural, LGBT that allows us to better prepare our human services students for work in the front lines. The chapters’ unique approach and web resources encouraged students to raise questions and stretch their thinking further.”

Debbie Benoit
Liberty University

“The authors have once again provided a comprehensive overview of stressors influencing both individuals and families. The writing style is ideal for upper-level undergraduates and masters’ students.”

Jessica Troilo
West Virginia University

Gives a good comprehensive overview with supplemental materials. Thoroughly researched material that is update and covers a variety of family types and events.

Dr Anne Y. Branscum
Human Environmental Stds Dept, Southeast Missouri State Univ
August 17, 2016

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