Books by Pauline Boss
Family Stress Management, Sage Publications, 2002
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Why do some families survive stressful situations while others fall apart?  Can a family’s beliefs and values be used as a predictor of vulnerability to stress?  And most important, can family stress be prevented?  In this second edition, Pauline Boss continues to explore both the larger context surrounding families and stress and the inner context, which includes perceptions and meanings.  The author emphasizes the need for a more general contextual model of family stress that may be applicable to a wider diversity of people and families as well as a wider variety of stresses and crises than other models.
With this greatly expanded second edition, Boss devotes significant coverage to a new stressful situation, ambiguous loss, along with its potential effect on perception, or boundary ambiguity.  Both are relatively new constructs that provide critical contributions to a more postmodern family stress theory.  Boss skillfully blends science and practice in a jargon-free style to address individual, family, community, and cultural issues.  Family scholars, students, and professionals will find this fascinating new edition invaluable in their efforts to assist families in managing their stress.
Family Stress Management is a core family stress reference text that clearly articulates the "Contextual Model of Family Stress" with diverse illustrations of applications to research and practice.  Well illustrated book chapters are punctuated with key points to remember.  In this new edition, Pauline Boss provides a succinct overview of advances in family stress theory that family practitioners and researchers across disciplines will find useful.  
   -- Ann Garwick, University of Minnesota
I am very impressed with Pauline Boss’s revision of her 1988 text.  The expansion of her concept of boundary ambiguity is especially impressive.  Ambiguous loss and ambivalence are significant additions to her stress theory.  In brief, this book is an important contribution to our understanding of stress.
   -- Ramona Marotz-Baden, Montana State University
The book is the most useful text I have found on family stress theory.  The ideas presented in the book are done in a very basic, straightforward manner.
   -- Jim Ponzetti, Central Washington University