Meaning in Mid-Life Transitions

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1987 - Psychology - 267 pages
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This book contributes to an understanding of the nature of mid-life transitions and crises by focusing on the unique personal meaning of the transitional experience for the individual. There is an implicit structure to the way in which such a transition is experienced by the individual, and this can be made explicit by the techniques and methods of the approach outlined and illustrated in the book. The value of making this structure explicit is that it enables us to understand and assess the nature and dimensions of the transition, whether or not it will reach crisis proportions, and to assess possible intervention strategies. Meaning in Mid-Life Transitions should be of interest to human service practitioners as well as teachers and students of human development and behavior. It evidences an integrative approach and structural framework, including a series of in-depth clinical and research studies.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE STRUCTURAL APPROACH THEORY AND METHODS
25
THEMES OF MORTALITY AND FINITENESS
55
GENERATIVITY STAGNATION AND CRISES OF IDENTITY
101
CRISES OF ATTACHMENT AND SEPARATION
131
CRISES OF LOSS AND REATTACHMENT
167
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS
217
BIBLIOGRAPHY
249
INDEX
261
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Edmund Sherman is Professor of Social Welfare at the State University of New York at Albany and Faculty Research Associate in the Ringel Institute of Gerontology.

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