Understanding family resiliency and building family strengths in normative transitions (birth, death, job) and nonnormative transitions (divorce, disability, remarriage, poverty, violence). Developing familial, social, religious, and instrumental resources to adapt positively to these transitions.
SFL 101 (Introduction to School of Family Life) & STAT 121 (Principles of Statistics) & SFL 290 (Critical Inquiry and Research Methods); SFL 160 (Introduction to Family Processes) or concurrent enrollment.
Course Outline: 
  1. What Is Family Stress?
  2. Understanding the Family Resilience Model
  3. Parenting and Family Stress Theory
  4. The Power of the Daily Hassles of Life
  5. Relationship Distress in Couples
  6. The Divorce and Remarriage Crises and Their Outcomes
  7. Physical Health and Aging
  8. Violence, Abuse, and Neglect
  9. Mental Illness in Families
  10. Intervening in Families: The Example of Death, Dying, and Grief