How do the Spanish families face to crisis?

The types and consequences of coping strategies

PhD. LUCÍA MARTÍNEZ VIRTO

The impact of the crisis in Spain helped to harden the difficulties of a large number of households in Spain. Even though these conditions had a widespread impact, it has been more acute in families that prior to the crisis were dealing with difficult situations. The main objective of this paper is to identify strategies the households developed in order to face these difficulties. The results have been selected from a qualitative analysis of 34 excluded household´s life stories. From this analysis two interesting results were obtained: On the one hand, households have developed prevention and survival strategies. On the other hand, the study identifies the consequences of the strategies and their impact in terms of household´s social integration. With all the results, the paper invites to reflect on the limits of survival strategies.