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Families & Change

Families & Change
Coping With Stressful Events and Transitions

Sixth Edition
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August 2020 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Families & Change: Coping With Stressful Events and Transitions presents current literature detailing families’ responses to varied transitions and stressful life events over the life span. Integrating research, theory, and application, this bestselling text implements interdisciplinary content to address a multitude of both predictable and unpredictable problems and stressors as they relate to family sciences. Editors Kevin R. Bush and Christine A. Price bring together cutting-edge research and scholarship to examine issues across the life span and how these factors can be applied across diverse family situations.


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Preface to the Sixth Edition
Section 1: Theoretical Foundations
Christine A. Price, Kevin R. Bush, Sharon J. Price, and Patrick C. McKenry
Chapter 1: Families Coping With Change: A Conceptual Overview
Section 2: Family Stress and Adjustment
Heather M. Helms, Kaicee B. Postler, and David H. Demo
Chapter 2: Everyday Hassles and Family Relationships
Suzanne Klatt and Anthony G. James
Chapter 3: Mindfulness and Family Stress
Section 3: Developmental Family Stress
Gary W. Peterson
Chapter 4: Parental Stress Viewed Through the Lens of Family Stress Theory
Kami L. Gallus and Briana S. Nelson Goff
Chapter 5: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Understanding Stress and Resilience in Family Systems
Abbie E. Goldberg and Nora M. McCormick
Chapter 6: LGBQ-Parent Families: Development and Functioning in Context
Áine M. Humble
Chapter 7: Stress and Coping in Later Life
Section 4: Stressful Family Transitions
David H. Demo, Mark A. Fine, and Savannah Sommers
Chapter 8: Divorce: Variation and Fluidity
Chelsea Garneau-Rosner and Braquel Egginton
Chapter 9: Stress and Resilience in Stepfamilies Today
Bertranna A. Muruthi, Hyoun K. Kim, James Muruthi, and Jaehee Kim
Chapter 10: Immigrant Families: Resilience Through Adversity
Section 5: Contextual Influences on Family Stress
Suzanne Bartholomae and Jonathan Fox
Chapter 11: Economic Stress and Families
Anthony G. James, Veronica R. Barrios, Roudi Roy, and Soyoung Lee
Chapter 12: Race, Ethnicity, and Family Stress
Kyung-Hee Lee and Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
Chapter 13: The Newest Generation of U.S. Veterans and Their Families
Section 6: Stress Relating to Family and Community Violence
Margaret O’Dougherty Wright and Lucy Allbaugh
Chapter 14: Promoting Pathways to Resilient Outcomes for Maltreated Children
Lyndal Khaw
Chapter 15: Stress and Coping with Intimate Partner Violence
Amity Noltemeyer, Courtney L. McLaughlin, Mark R. McGowan, and Caitie Johnson
Chapter 16: Family Responses to School and Community Mass Violence
Section 7: Family Stress and Coping with Sickness and Death
Jeremy Yorgason, Stephanie Richardson, and Kevin Stott
Chapter 17: Physical Illness and Family Stress
Kandauda A. S. Wickrama, Catherine Walker O’Neal, and Tae Kyoung Lee
Chapter 18: Family Socioeconomic Context and Mental Health in Parents and Children: A Heuristic Framework
Kevin P. Lyness and Judith L. Fischer
Chapter 19: Families Coping with Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Colleen I. Murray and Jordan C. Reuter
Chapter 20: Death, Dying, and Grief in Families
About the Editors
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“It is a good overview of family stress theory combined with application to a diverse amount of family situations. The text is straightforward and written at the right level for my students.”

Zoe Taylor
Purdue University

“There are a lot of books that talk about basics of the family, but this is the only book I have found that combines ‘social problems’ with ‘family studies’ and talks about problems and changes that families face.”

Carrie LeFevre Sillito, Ph.D.
University of Utah

“I appreciate the use of stress models and the development of the concept of resilience that defines change and stability for individual and family development. Problems can be identified, but the concepts related to resilience and coping within the framework of social models produce an important, enlightening, and useful text for students and professionals in everyday application.”

Carol Mathews, Ph.D.,
Century College

“Theory-based, individual chapters are written by experts and cover many areas our students are likely to be dealing with within their work. It also blends well with journal articles and upper-level assignments and papers.”

Barbara H. Settles, Ph.D.
University of Delaware

Themes of family issues aligned with course objectives

Alice Long
Sociology, Penn State Univ-Shenango
May 28, 2020

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