Ch 13: Handling Stress & Crises

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to learn more about family stresses and crises, including coping and treatment methods. Refer to the lessons to boost your class studies or prepare for professional certification exams.

Handling Stress & Crises - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you can review ways to develop important coping skills for stress and crises. Lessons focus on alcoholism, abuse, domestic violence and other crisis situations. You can find out about support offered to families, coping techniques, preventative practices and more. After you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain and provide examples of crisis and family crisis situations
  • Describe different types of coping strategies
  • Discuss how alcoholism affects families and what support groups and organizations are available to help
  • Understand theories that address addictive behaviors
  • Define and explain the effects of domestic violence and abuse of women, as well as how domestic violence can be reported
  • Detail how abuse and neglect affect child development
  • Provide details about the triggers and prevention of suicide and how familial stress can contribute
  • Tell what stress is and what techniques can be used to cope with it

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15 Lessons in Chapter 13: Handling Stress & Crises
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Crisis Situations: Types & Examples

1. Crisis Situations: Types & Examples

A crisis situation is when a person experiences a time of stress that negatively impacts their normal functioning or relationships. Learn more about the elements of a crisis and different types of crisis situations, and have a look at some examples of crisis situations presented in this lesson.

Coping Strategy: Definition & Overview

2. Coping Strategy: Definition & Overview

The techniques that people use to handle problems are called coping strategies. Explore the definition, pros and cons, and types of coping strategies, including an overview of emotion-focused and solution-focused strategies.

Family Crises Connected to Birth, Aging, Illness & Death

3. Family Crises Connected to Birth, Aging, Illness & Death

This lesson explores the different types of family crises that arise from events such as birth, illness, aging, and death. We will discuss the different ways that these life changing events can impact families.

How Alcoholism Affects the Family

4. How Alcoholism Affects the Family

From domestic violence to financial problems and serious illnesses, alcoholism affects family units in many negative ways. Learn more about the effects of alcoholism family units, including codependency with the spouse and long-term damage to children of alcoholics.

Support Programs & Groups for Alcoholism

5. Support Programs & Groups for Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a form of addiction which causes the compulsion to drink excessive amounts of alcohol and can lead to many serious health risks. Discover the support programs available to those struggling with alcoholism, such as short-term and long-term programs.

Family, Sociocultural & Psychosocial Models of Substance Abuse

6. Family, Sociocultural & Psychosocial Models of Substance Abuse

Addiction is a complex problem, and many things can influence whether a person becomes an addict or not. In this lesson, we'll examine several theories about how a person's environment shapes addictive behaviors.

Domestic Violence and Sociology: Definition & Effects

7. Domestic Violence and Sociology: Definition & Effects

Domestic violence occurs when someone forces a pattern of behavior in order to gain the upper hand and assert control over the will of another person living within the same household. Explore the definition and sociological effects of domestic violence, such as threats, intimidation, and physical abuse on family members.

Abuse of Women: Signs, Effects & Types

8. Abuse of Women: Signs, Effects & Types

Millions of women around the world experience abuse. This lesson will focus on domestic abuse and its different forms, the signs of a typical abusive relationship, and the effects that abuse can have on the victim.

The Impact of Abuse and Neglect on Child Growth & Development

9. The Impact of Abuse and Neglect on Child Growth & Development

A healthy family relationship can contribute positively to the growth and development of a child, while unhealthy and abusive relationships can do the opposite. Review some facts and statistics on child abuse, explore the main characteristics of abusers and abused children, and see the impact of abuse and neglect on a child's growth and development.

How to Report Domestic Violence

10. How to Report Domestic Violence

Domestic violence should be handled by police or other law enforcement personnel, and it is something that should be reported as soon as possible whether you're a survivor or a witness.

What Is Suicide? - Definition, Triggers, Underlying Causes & Prevention

11. What Is Suicide? - Definition, Triggers, Underlying Causes & Prevention

Suicide is a common and often preventable tragedy where one takes their own life. See examples of reasons and triggers and methods of prevention through therapy, medication, substance use treatment, and family therapy.

Familial Stress & Suicide

12. Familial Stress & Suicide

A person can experience suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide due to familial stress. Issues such as abuse, substance abuse, neglect, an authoritarian family member and other reasons for suicidal ideation are explored in this lesson.

Suicide Prevention: Awareness, Facts & Statistics

13. Suicide Prevention: Awareness, Facts & Statistics

This lesson focuses on the subject of suicide and factors that increase its likelihood. Statistics focusing on adult suicide, facts regarding what people should be aware of when they think someone is at risk, and keys to awareness are given.

Stress: Definition and Impact on Overall Health

14. Stress: Definition and Impact on Overall Health

Stress is a response that affects the physical and psychological state of the body. Learn about the definition and impact of stress on health, the different types of stress including eustress and distress, and take a closer look at the fight or flight response.

Coping With Stress: Techniques, Attitudes & Reducing Exposure

15. Coping With Stress: Techniques, Attitudes & Reducing Exposure

Different life situations and contexts, like work or school, have plenty of things that cause stress. Learn some attitudes and techniques to cope with academic and work-related stress, and explore ways to reduce the exposure to stress in general.

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