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Chapter 15 family change stress crisis and transition

Chapter 15:Family Change: Stress, Crisis, and Transition


Family development stress

Family Development Stress

  • Stressor

    • Anything that elicits a physiological and/or psychological response – a stress response

  • Good stress – eustress

  • Negative stress - distress


Categories of common stressors

Categories of Common Stressors

  • Personal

  • Social/family

  • Work

  • Environmental


Family life cycle developmental tasks

Family Life Cycle Developmental Tasks

  • Changes in Structure

    • Family structure is dynamic

    • Must adapt to ongoing changes in the system

  • Changes in Family Roles

    • As structure changes, family roles change

    • Changes occur in family boundaries


Family life cycle developmental tasks1

Family Life Cycle Developmental Tasks

  • Changes in Family Roles

    • As roles change, communication changes

    • Individual growth demands change


Family as a system

Family as a System

  • Family is a system of interrelated parts

  • Family members affect and are affected by each other

  • Each family must be viewed as a whole

  • Each family’s goal is to maintain homeostasis or balance


Figure 15 1 stages of selye s general adaptation syndrome

Figure 15.1: Stages of Selye’s General Adaptation Syndrome


General adaptation syndrome

General Adaptation Syndrome

  • Describes the physiological responses to eustress and distress

  • Stage 1: Alarm Reaction

    • The brain perceives the stressor and signals the body to deal with it through neurological and physiological means

    • The body reacts to the threat

    • Fight or flight tendency


General adaptation syndrome1

General Adaptation Syndrome

  • Stage 2 : Stage of Resistance

    • The body continues to battle the stressor and remains in a state of arousal

    • Increased level of stress steroids alarms the body’s organs

    • Energy eventually becomes depleted


General adaptation syndrome2

General Adaptation Syndrome

  • Stage 3: Exhaustion

    • Chronic unrelenting stress or mismanaged stress can cause permanent damage

    • The body over time simply breaks down

    • People under stress may experience a variety of symptoms – headaches, nausea, depression, crying, fatigue, anger, racing heart, inability to eat or sleep, and more


Event based stress

Event Based Stress

  • A life change event

  • One that is forever life altering

  • One that requires significant social and psychological adjustment


Social readjustment rating scale

Social Readjustment Rating Scale

  • Identifies association between life events and life transitions

  • Identifies the impact of these events and transitions on individual physical health and well-being


Transactional model of stress

Transactional Model of Stress

  • The impact of the stressor is wholly dependent on our perception and appraisal of the stressor

  • Primary appraisal – instinctively evaluate the stressor and assess its significance

  • Secondary appraisal – assess how controllable the stressor is and which resources


Locus of control

Locus of Control

  • External Locus of Control

  • The perception that we cannot control what happens to some aspects of our lives

  • Internal Locus of Control

  • The perception that we are in control of our destiny


Coping efforts

Coping Efforts

  • Strategies used to bring order to, normalize, or regulate the stressor

  • Problem management strategies

    • Aimed directly at attacking the stressor

  • Emotional regulation strategies

    • Help individuals change their perceptions, interpretation, and the meaning of the stressor

  • Meaning based strategies

    • Techniques that produced positive emotion


Table 15 2 types of family crises

Table 15.2: Types of Family Crises


Four types of family crisis

Four Types of Family Crisis

  • Dismemberment – separation of isolation of an individual from the rest of the family

  • Accession – when turbulence occurs due to the addition of a family member

  • Demoralization plus Dismemberment or Accession- family is demoralized because of embarrassing stressors such as imprisonment or suicide of a family member


Figure 15 2 hill s abc x model of family stress

Figure 15.2: Hill’s ABC –X Model of Family Stress


The abc s of family crisis

The ABC’s of Family Crisis

  • ABC-X Family Crisis Model – Reuben Hill

  • Family crisis is a combination of factors and the outcomes of the event

  • The A Factor – stress can be normative development such as the birth of a child, marriage of an adult child, early death of a spouse – are family specific


Abc x model continued

ABC-X Model continued

  • The B Factor- refers to the resources the family has that will help meet the demands of the stressor or crisis – communication, problem solving, coping strategies

  • The C Factor – the definition the family assigns to change, transition, stressor, or disruption


Abc x model continued1

ABC-X Model continued

  • The X Factor – this is the combination of A, B and C and is totally dependent on the resources the family has to meet the crisis or stressor


Double abc x model

Double ABC-X model

  • Stressors pile up on families

  • 3 types of stressors that lead to the pile-up

    • Initial stressor: the first stressor

    • Family life changes and transitions: things that take place regardless of stressors

    • Stressors: those stressors associated with family’s attempt to cope with circumstances


Double abc x model1

Double ABC-X model

  • The Double B Factor

  • Resources that family already has – minimize impacts

  • Coping resources – self reliance, self esteem


Double abc x model2

Double ABC-X model

The Double C Factor

  • The perception of the event or stressor may be

    • The family’s perception of the stressor itself

    • The family’s perception of the crisis


Double abc x model3

Double ABC-X model

  • The Double X Factor

  • Possible outcomes of stress

  • Family adaptation – return to pre-crisis level of functioning

  • Maladaptive levels of functioning – low-functioning, ill-functioning, non-functioning

  • Bonadaptive – level of functioning may grow and strengthen


Figure 15 3 mccubbin s double abc x model of family stress and crisis pile up

Figure 15.3: McCubbin’s Double ABC-X Model of Family Stress and Crisis: Pile-Up


Family adaptive tasks

Family Adaptive Tasks

To successfully adjust, families must

  • Establish the meaning and understand the personal significance of the situation

  • Confront reality and respond to the requirements of the external situation

  • Sustain relationships with family members and friends as well as with other individuals who may be helpful in resolving the crisis and aftermath


Family adaptive tasks1

Family Adaptive Tasks

  • Preserve a reasonable emotional balance by managing distressful feelings in response to the situation

  • Preserve a satisfactory self-image and maintain a sense of competence and mastery


Family violence

Family Violence

  • Violence perpetrated against family members by an offender who is related to the victim biologically or legally

  • Batterers – current or former spouses, parents, guardians, children, siblings, grandchildren, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces


Figure 15 4 domestic partner violence by race ethnicity and gender

Figure 15.4: Domestic Partner Violence by Race/Ethnicity and Gender


Domestic violence categories

Domestic Violence Categories

  • Physical Violence – hitting, punching, pushing, slapping, biting, or throwing something at the victim

  • Emotional violence – controlling the amount of contact with others, name calling, criticism, controlling spending, excessive rule making


More domestic violence

More Domestic Violence

  • Sexual violence – marital rape, battering rape, and forced sexual acts


Measuring domestic violence

Measuring Domestic Violence

  • Measured in two ways

    • Through survey interviews with victims

    • Through statistics gathered by police


The battered

The Battered

Characteristics of the battered

  • Lower educational levels

  • Teenage parents

  • Women who are single parents

  • Women who have witnessed a parent being battered


Prevalence of domestic violence

Prevalence of Domestic Violence

  • 1 in 4 women have been physically or sexually abused by an intimate partner

  • Women are more likely than men to be victims

  • 3/4 of the people who commit family violence are men

  • 74% of family violence victims are white, 13.6% are African American and 10.1 % are Hispanic


More domestic violence facts

More Domestic Violence Facts

  • Girlfriends are more likely to be injured by their boyfriends during family violence than are wives by their husbands

  • 15% of all violent acts between intimate partners are perpetrated against men

  • 18% of family murders are siblings who kill siblings


Figure 15 5 primary populations served by domestic violence shelters

Figure 15.5 Primary Populations Served by Domestic Violence Shelters


Domestic homicides

Domestic Homicides

  • Everyday an average of 4 women in the U.S. are killed by their intimate partners

  • Of all murders in the U.S., 21.5% are committed against family members

  • Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of death among pregnant women

  • Whites are more likely to die at the hands of their partners than other races


Violence against children

Violence Against Children

  • Each year over 3 million children experience some type of maltreatment or abuse by a caregiver

    • 61% are neglected

    • 19% are physically abused

    • 10% are sexually abused

    • 5% are psychologically abused

    • 2% experience medical maltreatment

    • 17% experience abandonment


Figure 15 6 types of child abuse and neglect by percentage of total abuse

Figure 15.6: Types of Child Abuse and Neglect by Percentage of Total Abuse


Figure 15 7 who abuses children

Figure 15.7: Who Abuses Children?


Violence against same sex partners

Violence Against Same Sex Partners

  • 6,523 incidents of domestic violence among same sex partners

  • 44% of victims were men, 36% were women and 2% were transgendered

  • 44% were white, 25% were Latino, 15% were African American and 6% were Asian


The signs of an abusive partner

The Signs of an Abusive Partner

  • The Batterer

  • Low self-esteem

  • Blame others for their behavior

  • Typically extremely jealous

  • Use sex as their weapon of aggression

  • Need to control and dominate and become master manipulators


The cycle of violence

The Cycle of Violence

  • Tension Building – victim senses an explosive, violent episode is about to occur, fear builds, she tries to stay out of his way; goal is to prevent batterer from becoming violent


The cycle of violence1

The Cycle of Violence

  • Acute Battering Incident – destructive, out of control, brutal, violence has escalated into an acute battering incident, can become deadly, verbal abuse, severe beating, possible rape, victim does not usually fight back


The cycle of violence2

The Cycle of Violence

  • Respite Phase – often called the “honeymoon,” abuser apologizes, may give victim gifts, express his regret, victim may have sense of renewed hope


Figure 15 8 the power and

Figure 15.8: The Power and


Figure 15 10 lenore walker s cycle of violence p 512

Figure 15.10 Lenore Walker’s Cycle of ViolenceP. 512


Family coping and resilience

Family Coping and Resilience

  • Major Types of Coping Skills

    • Appraisal focused – attempt to understand why crisis occurred and attempt to find meaning in circumstances that caused crisis

    • Problem focused coping – allows family to confront the situation by seeking information about the crisis


Family coping and resilience1

Family Coping and Resilience

  • Emotion focused coping – crisis evokes a wide range of feelings and emotions

    • Progressive desensitization: gradually allow increasing exposure to aspects of the stressor

    • Emotional discharge: venting of anger, frustration, confusion, disappointment

    • Resigned acceptance: family ultimately accepts the situation, recognizes nothing will change the course their family has taken


Family resilience

Family Resilience

  • A family’s ability to function during times of stress, adversity, crisis, and transition

  • Resilience Processes

    • Family belief system

    • Making meaning of adversity

    • Positive outlook

    • Flexibility

    • Connectedness

    • Communication


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