Ericksonian Theory Applied to Transitions in the Span.- Stress, Mindful Parenting, and the Transition to Adulthood.- Transitioning Recent Mass Trauma.- Life Course Transitions: Marriage, Birth, and Divorce.- The Career Transitions Faced by Adolescents and Young Adults.- Coping with the Workplace and Job-related Transitions.- Transitioning to Adulthood: The Stresses of Being a Foster Child.- War and Trauma: Transitioning Back into Civilian Life.- Becoming an Adoptive Parent: The Transition to Adoptive Parenthood as a Stressful Life Event.- Transitioning into Retirement as a Stressful Life Event.- Lifespan Development Revisited: African-Centered Spirituality throughout the Life Cycle.- Encountering Stressful Events as Normative Transitions as a Test of Religious Beliefs.- Self-Regulation Across Some Life Transitions.- The Influence of Contemporary Medicine and Medical Genetics on Stressful Life Transitions.- The Role of Significant Others in Adapting to Life Transitions.- Transition in Health: Coping with Parkinson's Disease.- Ethical and Legal Issues in Transitioning the Life Span.- Stressful Markers of Health.- The Influence of Food on Adapting to Stressful Life Events in the Life Cycle.- Age-Related Patterns in Social Networks Among European-Americans and African-Americans. Some Predicators of Primary Control of Development in Three Transitional Periods of the Life Cycle.- Concluding Comments and Future Considerations.
This volume provides a unique and valuable contribution to our understanding of the impact of stressful life events and mass trauma on the person, the culture and society in the course of the life span. It provides a comprehensive look at our psychological state of affairs at the beginning of the twenty-first century. There are several volumes that address some or most of these areas indivi- ally but this volume is unique in that it has brought together theoreticians, researchers and clinicians who address critical challenges in our lives. But we are now several months into the global financial crisis requiring a transition, not only for the western world but for the third world. How on earth do families in trauma zones - from Sri Lanka to Afghanistan, New Orleans to Gaza - cope with similar declining older relatives, with added traumas and zero medical resources attempt to survive? In news reports, politicians and financiers denying the inevitable and struggling for solutions that cannot be relevant to the new reality that they have yet to discover.
Covers the entire lifespan
Includes international and multidisciplinary perspectives
Provides a developmental framework for stress studies
Includes ethical and legal issues
Offers theoretical and practical considerations