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Lecture 10

FRHD 1020 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Lgbt Parenting, Minority Stress, Silent Treatment

Family Relations and Human Development
Course Code
FRHD 1020
Shayna Sparling

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Week 11, Lecture 10: Stress, Conflict
and Abuse
Stress and the Family
- Can occur from a variety of factors: Everyday life and tasks, life transitions and events,
chronic illness, sudden accident, disability, substance abuse, violence
- How family handles problems will depend on:
- Their outlook, resources, individual factors, normative life stresses
- Coping and outlook can change over time
Hill’s ABC-X Model
- Emphasizes systems and the importance of family development across the life course
over just looking at individual level
- A: Provoking event or stressor
- B: Family's resources or strengths at the time of event
- C: Meaning/perception attached to the event by the family
- X: Represents the stressor and crisis
Double ABC-X Models of Stress
- Longitudinal Model: Time was added
- Pile up: Multiple crisis happening at one time
- E.g. birth of a child at the same time as a major housing relocation
because of work
Minority Stress Model
- Some canadian families have to deal with extra baseline stress
- LGBTQ families
- Families of colour
Circumplex Model
- Stress and conflict in family life doesn’t mean that abuse or crises msut take place
- Proper handling of stress and crisis can actually strengthen a family and help it grow
- 3 important dimensions of family functioning
- Cohesion
- Flexibility
- Communication
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