Life in the Middle: Psychological and Social Development in Middle Age

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Sherry L. Willis, James B. Reid
Academic Press, Nov 3, 1998 - Psychology - 304 pages
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There is a growing body of scientific knowledge regarding development during the middle years which has so far been relegated to discipline-specific texts and journals (e.g., clinical psychology and endocrinology).

Life in the Middle consolidates main findings across disciplines, with a life-span perspective regarding mid-life. Coverage includes individual development in middle age from the psychological and biological perspectives as well as the sociocultural context in which middle-aged individuals live and work, including physical health in mid-life, psychological well-being, cognitive development, the impact of work on the individual, and the general development of the "self." This age period is increasingly becoming the focus of scholarly attention as the largest cohort in U.S. history are now moving into the middle years (e.g., the "babyboomers"). From 1990 to 2015 the number of middle-aged people will increase 72 percent from 47 to 80 million.

  • Contributors are outstanding scholars in the field of adult development
  • Addresses critical theoretical issues in midlife
  • Includes important contributions to our understanding of physical health at midlife
  • Presents a thorough review of women's health at midlife
  • Takes a holistic approach to biopsychosocial functioning at midlife
 

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Contents

Theoretical Perspectives on Midlife
1
Biological Functioning and Physical Health at Midlife
75
Psychosocial Functioning at Midlife
159

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About the author (1998)

James B. Reid is trained as a developmental psychologist, gerontologist, and clinical psychologist. He currently teaches at Washington University in St. Louis and is in private practice specializing in adult development and aging. Dr. Reid is currently president of the St. Louis Psychological Association.

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