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Family Problems: Stress, Risk, and Resilience by Joyce A. Arditti

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22Responding to Family Problems

Joyce A. Arditti

We began this book with a conceptual overview that helped situate family problems “in context” – that is, within their social worlds and environments. Throughout the chapters we examined how family problems are multiply determined and saw how risk and protective factors operate on various systemic levels to influence the well-being of families and children. Sometimes family problems emerge because of the structural complexity of the family (e.g., grandparent-headed households) or the types of problems faced (e.g., military families or families with a parent in prison). Family problems may be related to particular developmental periods, as in the case of elders and children, when individuals must rely on others for their care. Or perhaps there is a developmental mismatch in terms of caregiving demands and developmental status as in the case of childhood adultification. Other times family problems stem from an imbalance when the demands of a situation outweigh a families capability to deal with those demands. For example, severe poverty can connect with child neglect – material deprivation can be so extreme that it overwhelms the family. And yet, as pointed out in Chapter 7 (Jarrett, Bahar, and McPherson), and in Chapters 19 (Ryan and colleagues) and 17 (Farrell, Bowen, and Goodrich), even in the face of impoverished conditions, resilience, either by virtue of resilient parents as in the case of the extraordinary strategies utilized ...

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