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Several FCS faculty publish new textbook on current family stress & challenges

Today’s modern family has evolved throughout the years as more are faced with mounting adversity. Coping and overcoming hardships has created new kinds of challenges, raising questions for researchers.

“…like conflict, stress seems to be an inevitable consequence of the human experience and family stressors are no different. All stress is not bad or damaging. However, as families encounter new and emerging family stressors it may become difficult for families to bounce back or emerge from the encounters.”

Harris, Greene, Carlos Chavez
gregory j. harris

Dr. Gregory J. Harris

kristen greene

Dr. Kristen Greene

fiorella carlos chavez

Dr. Fiorella Carlos Chavez

Family & Child Sciences faculty have recently authored a book that addresses several topics associated with the modern family. Dr. Gregory J. Harris, Dr. Kristen Greene and former graduate student Dr. Fiorella Carlos Chaveza released an edited textbook under Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. titled Family Stress, Coping & Resilience: The Challenges and Experiences of Modern Families.

family book

Harris, Greene, and Carlos Chavez highlight on an important driver for their research in the introduction by pointing out that, “…like conflict, stress seems to be an inevitable consequence of the human experience and family stressors are no different. All stress is not bad or damaging. However, as families encounter new and emerging family stressors it may become difficult for families to bounce back or emerge from the encounters.”

Dr. Joseph Grzywacz, Dr. Ming Cui and current doctoral student Peipei Hong also contributed and authored a chapter in the textbook.

List of FSU Contributions
Chapter Title Contributor(s)
3 Parenting Stress Dr. Ming Cui, Peipei Hong
10 Stress among Immigrant Families Dr. Joseph Grzywacz, Dr. Fiorella Carlos Chavez
12 An Expanded Review of the Challenges and Experiences of Informal Caregivers: Families, Factors, and Frameworks Dr. Gregory J. Harris

You can learn more about the book here.


a Dr. Fiorella Carlos Chavez graduated in 2018 with a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences from FSU. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri – Columbia.