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1 Marriage and Family Interaction HPER F258 Kathleen R. Gilbert, Ph.D. Indiana University

2  Write a letter assignment at /write-letter.html /write-letter.html  We will discuss this at the beginning of class on April 17.

3  Developed from 4,000 studies of stress and coping in families  Both normative and non-normative stressors  Family focused, not individual (in fact, some things that are functional for family may or may not be functional for individuals (and vice versa)

4  F = clear and acceptance, D = unclear and denial  They know what is causing the stress in the family and, at minimum, do not deny its seriousness or its reality.  Denial may be functional coping for individuals but is not for family as a system.

5  F = family centered, D = individual centered  “Ours” vs. “yours”  Work together as a team

6  F = solution oriented, D = blame oriented  Looking for ways to solve problem, resolve differences vs. getting “stuck” in looking for who to blame  Future orientation instead of past  More positive view

7  F = high, D = low  This is tolerance of differences within the family  Agree to disagree

8  F = clear and direct, D = unclear and indirect  Family is seen as of prime importance  Sometimes willing to treat family as more important than self  Affection = “Doing out of caring”

9  F = open and supportive, D = unclear and indirect  No mixed messages  Clear and focused on the issue  Not intended to manipulate

10  F = high, D = low  The closer the family is, the better  Facilitates family working as a team to solve a problem or resolve an issue

11  F = flexible and shifting, D = rigid  The more flexible the role assignments, the greater the likelihood that the family can adapt to deal with stress or disruption to the family system

12  F = balanced to high, D = low to none  Availability AND willingness to use resources  Both internal and external resource are relevant, but if external not use, will deplete internal.  (Also possible that is a problem if resources used so that they do not take back control/responsibilities)

13  F = absent, D = present  This includes all forms of the use of physical pain for control  Includes corporal punishment of children

14  F = infrequent to none, D = frequent  Seems obvious, but is not restricted to illegal drugs, also includes tobacco products and alcohol  Includes OTC (over-the-counter) and certain prescription drugs(as possible indicators of problems elsewhere)

15  this is in addition to F&McC's list  F = dynamic, D = static, regressive  The general view of the family is that they are not “stuck” at some point in the resolution of the stress, but are moving forward with it.

16  In your small group, discuss:  How does your family deal with stress in conflicts? Consider the following:  When is my family most 'vulnerable' to stress overload?  When is conflict most likely to occur?  How do I know tension is building?  Words or phrases that usually "set people in my family off  ?  Topics that we avoid to avoid conflict?  Things I say to myself when tension is building in my family?  How does my family respond in stressful situations

17  Identify one point in the lecture that you could use to deal with stress you might experience in any current relationship (romantic or otherwise).


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