Froma Walsh

Froma Walsh
University of Chicago | UC

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Mose & Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita University of Chicago SSA & Dept of Psychiatry
Additional affiliations
January 2002 - present
Chicago Center For Family Health
Chicago Center For Family Health
January 1987 - December 2010
University of Chicago
September 1982 - present
University of Chicago
Position
  • Mose & Sylvia Firestone Professor

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This chapter presents an overview of the concept of family resilience, grounded in a multilevel systems orientation. The concept of family resilience refers to the capacity of the family as a functional system in overcoming significant life challenges. Highly stressful events and social contexts impact the whole family, and in turn, family processe...
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This article addresses the many complex and traumatic losses wrought by the COVID‐19 pandemic. In contrast to individually‐based, symptom‐focused grief work, a resilience‐oriented, systemic approach with complex losses contextualizes the distress and mobilizes relational resources to support positive adaptation. Applying a family resilience framewo...
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With growing interest in systemic views of human resilience, this article updates and clarifies our understanding of the concept of resilience as involving multilevel dynamic processes over time. Family resilience refers to the functioning of the family system in dealing with adversity: Assessment and intervention focus on the family impact of stre...
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This article presents a brief overview of a family resilience conceptual framework, grounded in a multi-level developmental systems orientation. A family systems perspective broadens attention to resources for individual resilience throughout the family network of relationships. The concept of family resilience refers to the family as a functional...
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This chapter examines the challenges, opportunities, and resilience of individuals, couples, and families in later life. Increasingly, older adults with prospects of greater longevity and years of good health are re- visioning possibilities for meaning and satisfaction. Salient issues in this phase concern retirement and financial security, grandpa...
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This article presents a family developmental systems framework to examine the immediate and long-term ramifications of death and loss in the multigenerational network of relationships. Based largely on our early research and extensive clinical experience, we examine family adaptation processes and variables in risk and resilience. We consider facto...
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A family resilience practice framework is especially valuable in community-based intervention and prevention with families facing serious life challenges. How families approach and respond to their stressful conditions can foster positive adaptation, with potential for personal and relational growth for all members. In this chapter I first summariz...
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The concept of family resilience extends our understanding of healthy family functioning to situations of adversity. Although some families are shattered by crisis or persistent hardship, what is remarkable is that many others emerge strengthened and more resourceful, able to love fully and raise their children well. This chapter presents an overvi...
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This chapter examines the emerging challenges and resilience of families in later life, grounded in a developmental family systems perspective. It examines salient issues with retirement and financial security; grandparenthood; caregiving with chronic illness; and end-of-life challenges and the loss of loved ones. Core principles in a family resili...
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All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. —TOLSTOY All happy families are more or less dissimilar; all unhappy ones are more or less alike. —NABOKOV F amilies and the world around them have changed dramatically over recent decades. Many traditionalists, sharing Tolstoy's view, have contended that families must co...
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C onstructions of family normality, health, and dysfunction, which are embedded in our cultural and professional belief systems, underlie all clinical theory and practice. These assumptions exert a powerful and largely unexamined influence in every family assessment and intervention. The field of mental health has long neglected the study and promo...
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S pirituality is a powerful dimension of human experience and family life. Spiritual beliefs and practices have anchored and nourished families over the millennia and across cultures. Today, the vast majority of families world-wide adopt some form of expression for their spiritual needs, both within and outside organized religion. This chapter addr...
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A social ecological understanding of resilience recognizes the important contributions of family and social networks, community services, and cultural influences in the positive development of youth in conditions of adversity. This paper offers relational and systemic perspectives on resilience, first considering how key family bonds in the multige...
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This paper addresses the growing diversity and complexity of spirituality in society and within families. This requires a broadly inclusive, multifaith approach in clinical training and practice. Increasingly, individuals, couples, and families seek, combine, and reshape spiritual beliefs and practices-within and among faiths and outside organized...
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The importance of human-animal bonds has been documented throughout history, across cultures, and in recent research. However, attachments with companion animals have been undervalued and even pathologized in the field of mental health. This article briefly surveys the evolution of human-animal bonds, reviews research on their health and mental hea...
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The vast majority of pet owners regard their companion animals as family members, yet the role of pets in family systems and family therapy has received little attention in research, training, and practice. This article first notes the benefits of family pets and their importance for resilience. It then examines their role in couple and family proc...
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This article presents the core principles and value of a family and community resilience-oriented approach to recovery from traumatic loss when catastrophic events occur. In contrast to individually based, symptom-focused approaches to trauma recovery, this multisystemic practice approach contextualizes the distress in the traumatic experience and...
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The present review describes the clinical utility of a research-informed Family Systems-Illness model and a family resilience framework in helping families meet the challenges of child and adolescent illness, disability, and loss. Together they provide a psychosocial map to guide families through the illness experience over time and to facilitate e...
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There has been increasing interest in family-centered, collaborative, biopsychosocial models of care by health and mental health professionals and consumers. This trend has led to growing demand and development of specialized training in family systems approaches to health care. This article describes the Families, Illness, and Collaborative Health...
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The concept of resilience — strengths forged through adversity — offers a valuable framework for working with a broad diversity of clients and life challenges. Grounded in a developmental systemic perspective on vulnerability, risk, and resilience, the author has drawn together clinical and research advances to develop a useful practice framework t...
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This article presents an overview of a family resilience framework developed for clinical practice, and describes its advantages. Drawing together findings from studies of individual resilience and research on effective family functioning, key processes in family resilience are outlined in three domains: family belief systems, organizational patter...
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This article presents an overview of a family resilience framework developed for clinical practice, and describes its advantages. Drawing together findings from studies of individual resilience and research on effective family functioning, key processes in family resilience are outlined in three domains: family belief systems, organizational patter...
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In this article, we present an analysis and comparison of published articles in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT) between 1990-1995 and 1996-2000. This study focused on trends in author gender, highest degree, and professional affiliation, and article content on issues of cultural and family diversity (race/ethnicity, class, religion...
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An overview of a research-informed family resilience framework, developed as a conceptual map to guide clinical intervention and prevention efforts with vulnerable families is presented. Building on studies of individual and family resilience and developments in strength-based approaches to family therapy, this practice approach is distinguished by...
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Spirituality is a powerful dimension of human experience, with growing importance and diversity in today's changing world. Yet it has long been regarded as off-limits in clinical training and practice, leaving most therapists and counselors blind to its significance and reluctant to approach it. Many have regarded clients' spirituality as a private...
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This chapter presents an overview that examines the growing importance and diversity of religion and spirituality for individuals and their families. Spirituality is broadly defined as beliefs and practices that are both deeply personal and transcendent, and can be experienced either within or outside formal religious institutions. (PsycINFO Databa...
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Examines the importance of family beliefs and spirituality, in particular, as vital sources of resilience in rising above adversity. A resilience-based approach to family therapy aims to identify and fortify key interactional processes that enable families to withstand and rebound from crisis and challenge. Specific issues addressed include: the ne...
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While most attention to death and mourning has tended to focus on individual bereavement, a systemic perspective is required to understand how the loss of a family member reverberates throughout the family system with immediate and long-term consequences for family functioning and for all members and their subsequent relationships. This overview ch...
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The concept of resilience, the ability to withstand and rebound from crisis and adversity, has valuable potential for research, intervention, and prevention approaches aiming to strengthen couples and families. Resilience has been viewed as residing within the individual, with the family often dismissed as dysfunctional. This article advances a sys...
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An important development in family process research has been the redirection from a family deficit focus to a normality based orientation. This approach seeks to identify the family strengths and resources that are crucial in mastering life challenges and promoting the well-being and healthy development of individual family members. Drawing on conc...
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Until now the clinical literature has focused narrowly on the pathological effects of loss on a bereaved individual. This volume is among the first to examine the impact of loss on the entire family system and to consider both normative and dysfunctional processes in relation to a family's life cycle passage and cultural context. Useful clinical gu...
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This comprehensive book, ideal as a basic text in family therapy and women's studies, addresses the question of how women experience family life from a variety of perspectives. It covers gender issues in family therapy theory, practice, and training; women in context (ethnicity and life cycle issues, marriage, motherhood, sisterhood, women alone, l...
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Suggests that the work of A. E. Kazak et al (see record 1989-32643-001) on perceived normality in families raises issues concerning the limits of existing research on family functioning and common assumptions of clinicians about family normality. The present author discusses the "normal family" concept and her research (see record 1988-10486-001)...
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Argues that research on nonclinical families challenges many clinically derived assumptions and conceptualizations about psychopathology and the role of the family in the etiology, course, and treatment of disorders. The present author maintains that the body of knowledge about families enables society to delineate attributes of well-functioning vs...
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Parents of schizophrenics (N = 17) were compared with parents of nonschizophrenic hospitalized patients (N = 14) and parents of normals (N = 15) on the degree of symbiotic enmeshment and confirmation of individuality in the parental relationship. Symbiosis was divided into six component variables: undifferentiation, dependency, intervention, disapp...
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Differences and similarities between schizophrenics and their siblings in terms of their parental relationships were examined by use of projective tests and questionnaires. The results indicated that schizophrenics were differentiated from their siblings in their tendencies to see themselves as symbiotically attached to their mothers and failing to...
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The finding, in the following study, of grandparent death within +/- two years of birth of 41 per cent of schizophrenics (N = 70), a rate significantly higher than that in psychiatric (N = 45) and normal (N = 25) control groups, raises the possibility that this family stress factor may contribute to the development of schizophrenia. The implication...
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addresses the importance of the family context for understanding adolescent dysfunction and for promoting healthy development / grounding our discussion in a family systems orientation and a family life cycle framework, we focus on the life challenges and tasks of families with adolescents, examining the structural reorganizations and intergenerati...
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this overview chapter seeks to clarify our understanding of normal family processes by examining conceptualizations of family normality that have an impact on the understanding and treatment of dysfunction the problem of defining family normality is addressed / recent changes in family forms are surveyed / an overview of clinical and social scien...
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present a systemic view of loss, considering the impact of the death of a family member on the family as a functional unit, with immediate and long-term reverberations for every member and all other relationships / identify major family tasks that . . . promote the process of coming to terms with loss and moving forward with life / examine crucial...
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examines the construction of the marital quid pro quo in terms of the operation of gendered rules in the organizational patterns and communication processes of contemporary couples, considering them from a family life cycle perspective and in social context marital quid pro quo / couples in every culture make some sort of metaphorical bargain at...
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addresses important couple issues through the divorce process, focusing on both immediate and long-term challenges and adaptational tasks / clinical guidelines are offered to deal effectively with predictable complications and distress associated with the multiple transitions and to promote optimal functioning in the future life course of former pa...
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timing of loss in the family life cycle / loss at different family life cycle stages [between families: unattached young adults, young couples: the joining of families through marriage, families with young children, families with adolescents, launching children and moving on, families in later life, death in divorced and remarried families] (PsycIN...
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Traducción de: Strengthening Family Resilience La resiliencia es una palabra utilizada por la física para expresar la cualidad de ciertos materiales de resistir los impactos sin destruirse y recobrar su forma original. La autora aplica este principio al entorno familiar y plantea las herramientas conceptuales, fruto de sus investigaciones y experie...

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