Families and Stress, Coping, and Resilience

Families and change: Coping with stressful events and transitions is a book exploring different perspectives from field professionals on how modern families respond to and deal with complicated life situations. The topic is especially important for the current socio-economic and political climate in which some families are struggling to survive or prosper. The book is important for the current course because it offers perspectives on how families can adapt to the changing environments and become closer and stronger. Examples from the book associated with coping and transition include the discussion of families with special needs, LGBQ-parent families, divorce, overcoming adaptation challenges among immigrant families, and more. To deal with the stressors, authors recommend to implement different-focus coping strategies that would address the issue from multiple angles (Price, Bush, & Price, 2015).

Resiliency in the book refers to the ability of families to cope with adversity and benefit from it long-term. It can come from stressful and crisis situations associated with radical changes within families, which call for an effective response from a family system (Tiret & Knurek, 2020). The extent of stress depends on how each family views a specific situation and the resources it has to cope with it. The examples that the authors give include periods of family change occurring at different transitions, such as children being born, leaving home, or the death of family members (Price et al., 2015). Resilience comes as an outcome of the stressful events resulting from endurance and growth from challenges (Wu et al., 2013). For example, when a family is at risk, it comes together to have the resources to support itself and dealing with the stressful event. Overall, the book is valuable for providing an insight into family dynamics and the ways in which families cope with complex events.


Price, K., Bush, K., & Price, S. (2015). Families and change: Coping with stressful evens and transitions. New York: SAGE Publications.

Tiret. H., & Knurek, S. (2020). Strategies to cope with family stress. Web.

Wu, G., Feder, A., Cohen, H., Kim, J. J., Calderon, S., Charney, D. S., & Mathé, A. A. (2013). Understanding resilience. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 7, 10.