Couples Coping with Stress: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

1st Edition

Mariana K. Falconier, Ashley K. Randall, Guy Bodenmann

Routledge
Published May 16, 2016
Reference - 324 Pages
ISBN 9781138906655 - CAT# Y177612

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Summary

This is the first book that reviews both empirical and clinical applications of how couples jointly cope with stress - dyadic coping - around the globe. The Systemic-Transactional Stress Model (STM), developed by co-editor Guy Bodenmann, is used as a consistent framework so readers can better appreciate the contrasts and similarities across the fourteen cultures represented in the book. Written by scholars from the particular culture, each chapter provides a conceptual review of the dyadic coping research conducted in their specific cultures, and also provides empirical and clinical recommendations. Additional contributions include how to measure dyadic coping, so others can apply the STM model in other contexts. The latest treatment approaches for therapy and prevention are also highlighted, making this book ideal for professionals interested in expanding their cultural competence when working with couples from various backgrounds.

Highlights include:

-How couples in different cultures deal with stress and how values and traditions affect dyadic stress and coping.
-Global applications, especially to couples in the regions highlighted in the book -- the U.S (including one chapter on Latino couples in the U.S.)., Australia, China, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, and Switzerland.
-Factors encountered in examining dyadic coping using the STM Model including measurement and assessment issues.
-Suggestions for making treatment, prevention, and intervention programs for couples more effective.

Ideal for relationship researchers, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and advanced students who work with couples dealing with stress. This book is also appropriate for advanced courses on interpersonal processes, close relationships, stress and coping, multicultural issues in marriage and family therapy or counseling, or family systems, taught in a variety of social science disciplines.

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