Table 1

Crisis definitions from seven articles with citations
Original article Crisis definition
Hoff, 1995 [7,8] “The representation of a serious occasion or turning point occurring when an individual is faced with an obstacle that is important to life goals. A crisis is self-limiting because homeostatic mechanisms necessitate resolution of a crisis. A crisis results in depletion of system resources and eventually the system shuts down or ceases to function.”
Caplan, 1961 [7,9] “An obstacle that is insurmountable through customary methods of problems solving.”
Liken, 2001 [7] “A process precipitated by a stressor that occurs only in the presence of mediating factors, when normal methods of problem solving have failed, and results in an outcomes or resolution.”
Caplan, 1964 [10,11] “An imbalance between the difficulty and importance of the problem and resources immediately available to deal with it.”
Butcher and Maudel, 1976 [12-14] “The dual experience of distress and sense of immediacy associated with a defined, problematic situation.”
Aguilera, 1998 [15] “A perceived or actual imbalance between perceived difficulty of a life challenge and an available repertoire of coping skills.”
Aguilera and Messick, 1986 [16], Joslin, 1980 [17]
England, 1994 [17] “A decision point, an opportunity for growth.”
Maturana and Varela, 1987[18], Shaw and Halliday, 1992 [17] “In crisis, experience within the niche is detached and out of sync with the rest of the domains of experiences, one or more structural domain.”
Michon, 2005 [19], De Clerq and Dubois, 2001 [20], Aguilera, 1998 [15] “Periods of disorganization experienced by the entire family that turn into opportunities of change.”

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