Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Impact of Stress on Today's Family

Stress is the emotional impact of surrounding events to a person's mind. It is the response of both physical and psychological sensation to the outside world.

In today's family life, stress has become the major source of tension and frustration which leads to conflict in many cases. The traditional extended family structure in eastern society imposes many situations where a family member feels stressed. Parents may get stressed as they have to manage the costs and living of the elders. A child may get stressed due to the limitation of resources in the huge family. A mother may get stressed due to the work load she has to complete. Grandparents may get stressed due to their security problems (financial, health, future). Traditional norms, values and beliefs also cause stress in the family. Its results might be tension, irritation, anger, aggressive feelings, reduced work efficiency, frustration, headache and other health problems.

As the emergence of nuclear family in the society, many new causes and cases of stress have been identified. Misunderstanding between the spouse, growing rate of divorce, little care to children, financial problems, job security, teens problems, unfulfilled sex desire are some of the sources of stress in a nuclear family. Its impact on family members might be health disorders, drug abuse, degrade on performance at school,depression, loss of appetite etc.