American Families in Crisis: A Reference Handbook

American Families in Crisis: A Reference Handbook

American Families in Crisis: A Reference Handbook

American Families in Crisis: A Reference Handbook

Synopsis

An authoritative reference that helps general readers understand the varieties of crises impacting modern day families and the intervention techniques designed to resolve them.

Excerpt

We are living in an age of near-overwhelming change. To successfully adapt to change and the challenges it brings, families must embrace their past in order to live through the present and prepare for the future. For, contrary to that most popular of adages, while ignorance may well be bliss, knowledge of oneself and one’s family is central to survival. To this end, American Families in Crisis is designed to encompass our current knowledge about that most central of human groups—the family—and stands as witness to its resiliency and durability in the wake of adversity and turmoil.

At one time or another, all families face troubled waters. A crisis can happen at a moment’s notice and can penetrate the fabric of even the strongest families. Examples of family crises include unemployment, illness or disability, addictive behaviors, the loss of loved ones, caring for aging family members, or having to cope with a divorce. During these modern and uncertain times, other crises have added new dimensions to family disruption and disequilibrium and demand research attention: school shootings, natural disasters, deployed military families, and adolescent suicide. Any of these crises has the potential of creating a situation in which the family perceives a sudden loss of its ability to employ effective problem-solving and coping skills. Depending on the severity of the crisis, the signs and symptoms of domestic upheaval may last a few days, several weeks or months, or longer.

American Families in Crisis offers insight into how family crises can be identified, as well as how to prevent and respond to such challenges, in the process building family strength and resiliency. This reference manual begins with an introductory chapter exploring the conceptual components of family crises, including . . .

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