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Chapter 40. Family Transitions Challenges and Resilience

Froma Walsh, Ph.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585623921.466277

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This chapter addresses the challenges posed by major family transitions for child, adolescent, and family functioning. A brief overview places family transitional dilemmas in broad societal context. Normative and nonnormative family developmental transitions are examined, with focus on the effects of highly disruptive transitions with death; divorce and stepfamily formation; immigration; multicrisis families; and foster care. Clinical guidelines are offered to buffer stresses and strengthen resilience in youth and their families for optimal adaptation.

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