Family stress can be defined as a real or imagined imbalance between the demands (stressors) on the family and the family’s ability to meet those demands / stressors.
Factors contributing to family stress
- Unrealistic demands by spouse / parents / children / other family members.
- Confrontation with spouse / parents / children / other family members.
- Illness of spouse / parents / children / other family members.
- Death of a close family member or spouse.
- Marital reconciliation.
- Sexual problems.
- Trouble with in-laws.
- New born in family.
- Poor academic performance of children.
- Child behavior.
- Sibling rivalry.
- Arranging admission of children in school / college.
- Son or daughter leaving home.
- Marriage of children.
- Excessive parental influence on career.
- Parent-child conflict.