ERIC Number: ED227394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
An Attempt at an Eclectic Model of Nonnormative Crises.
Walker, Alexis J.
This paper addresses the theory and data from differing disciplines regarding the generic aspects of nonnormative crises (those unrelated to ontogeny or stage of the family life cycle) in order to increase understanding of the underlying processes involved. The first part of the paper reviews the literature on the study of family crises, identifying major research issues: (1) the event (classifying the nature of the event); (2) resources, i.e., individual resources (abilities, personality traits) and family resources (cohesion, adaptability); and (3) definition, i.e., the family definition of the severity of the change. The second section of the paper offers an eclectic model of nonnormative crises which focuses on the context of the crisis, proposing that all crises have both direct and indirect effects, and all crises have an impact at more than one level. The context model is illustrated through the personal account of a mastectomy, the accounnt of the impact of an extensive flood, and by differing accounts of job layoff. Figures illustrating the contexts of the mastectomy and flood crises are included. (PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Crisis Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Washington, DC, October 13-16, 1982).