FRHD 1020 Lecture 21: Couples and Families

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Family Relations and Human Development
FRHD 1020
Sandra Pericak

CouplesFamilies March 29, 2017 Stress, Conflict, and Abuse M INORITYSTRESSM ODEL Some Canadian families have to deal with extra stress because their baseline is higher o Ie. LGBTQ families, families of colour Being a minority increases exposure to distal (external) stressors ie. rejection, prejudice, discrimination Due to these stressors, it can lead to more internal stressors and stress ie. need to hide ones minority identity, experiencing anxiety, negative feelings towards ones group Poor health outcomes are often the result of these proximal and distal stressors Conflict An expressed struggle between at least two interdependent parties who perceive incompatible goals, scarce resources, and interference from others in achieving their goals Interdependence people who are not dependent upon each other, how we influence each other o Comes from mutual decision making making choices together or making choices on your own o You can either work alone or work together with someone who is in conflict Perceived incompatible goals this is what we fight about, goals that we feel are most important o Wanting the same thing when you both want a promotion but theres only one opening o Wanting different things choosing a restaurant Perceived scarce resources you think it is important o Resources: physical, emotional, economic benefits Interference associated with blocking o Presence of perception of this is necessary for conditions of conflict o The presence of another person can interfere with ones desired actions or goals
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