Relationship to Building
It is important for the family unit and each individual within that unit to understand stress and how to deal with it effectively. Dealing with stressful situations in the family ultimately becomes the responsibility of the family members. If a family is to remain strong, each member needs to recognize stress within the family, its causes, and how to effectively handle it.
Brief program description
This module provides family members the opportunity to recognize some indicators of stress and stressors in their lives, information to identify the signs and symptoms of stress within the family unit, and ideas for positive ways to eliminate or reduce stress. Participants will spend time during the session practicing stress reduction techniques. They will write a goal to address how to reduce stress in the family.
They found that families who experienced extreme amounts of stress grew and gained insight into the stressful situations they were experiencing. They noted that the individuals and families they studied became stronger as they experienced the stressful events in their lives. They were able to work through the stressful situations successfully. Families were able to appreciate the calm periods in their lives when they were stress free or experienced less stress.
In our society things change rapidly. With change comes stress. Today’s family structure is changing drastically. The institution of marriage can be a strong, supportive force that helps family members cope with stressors as a unit. However, a large number of marriages will end in divorce and many children will spend a part of their lives with only one parent. Learning to deal with these changes creates opportunities for families to become stronger and more resilient, or they can become weakened and less able to cope.
Families go through various stages of stress even if divorce is not a factor. The birth of a child places new demands on the family. The desire for teenagers to become independent can lead to stress between the parent and the teenager. In addition, families must adapt as the teenager passes through adolescence to adulthood and moves away. Often the most stressful times occurs when a family experiences a variety of demanding events at the same time. Serious, isolated stressful events and stressful situations that pile up call for creative planning to master family stress. It is the flexible and resourceful family that meets the challenge of stress head on and is able to adapt to changes that will be effective.
Goals and objectives
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