Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Boss, Pauline

  • Tai MendenhallEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_779


Pauline Boss, Ph.D., LMFT


Pauline Boss is an internationally recognized scholar, educator, and family therapist. She earned her Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975, where she then began her academic career as an assistant professor. After achieving tenure 1981, Boss transitioned to the University of Minnesota’s (UMN) Department of Family Social Science. She is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association (APA) and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), former president of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), and a clinician in private practice. Since retiring from the UMN in 2005, Boss has continued to actively contribute to the field – as Professor Emeritus – through writing, speaking, and training efforts across both national and international forums.

Boss’s principal expertise and professional contributions as a scientist practitioner are centered within the theory of am...

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References and Suggested Readings

  1. Boss, P. (1975). Psychological father absence and presence: A theoretical formulation for an investigation into family systems pathology (Doctoral dissertation). Madison: University of Wisconsin-Madison.Google Scholar
  2. Boss, P. (1999/2000). Ambiguous loss: Learning to live with unresolved grief. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Boss, P. (2002). Ambiguous loss: Working with families of the missing. Family Process, 41, 14–17.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Boss, P. (2004a). Ambiguous loss research, theory, and practice: Reflections after 9/11. Journal of Marriage & Family, 66(3), 551–566.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  6. Boss, P. (2006). Loss, trauma, and resilience: Therapeutic work with ambiguous loss. New York: Norton.Google Scholar
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  11. Boss, P. (2016a). Ambiguous loss. Retrieved from http://www.ambiguousloss.com/
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  14. Boss, P., Doherty, W., LaRossa, R., Schumm, W., & Steinmetz, S. (Eds.). (1993/2009). Sourcebook of family theories and methods: A contextual approach. New York: Plenum.Google Scholar
  15. Boss, P., Beaulieu, L., Wieling, E., Turner, W., & LaCruz, S. (2003). Healing loss, ambiguity, and trauma: A community-based intervention with families of union workers missing after the 9/11 attack in New York City. Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, 29(4), 455–467.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Boss, P., Bryant, C. M., & Mancini, J. (2016). Family stress management: A contextual approach (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA