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Family Resilience: A Framework for Clinical Practice


  • Froma Walsh Ph.D.

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    1. Froma Walsh, School of Social Service Administration and Department of Psychiatry, and Center for Family Health, University of Chicago
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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 patterns, and communication/problem-solving. Clinical practice applications are described briefly to suggest the broad utility of this conceptual framework for intervention and prevention efforts to strengthen families facing serious life challenges.