Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan by Thomas W. MillerHandbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan by Thomas W. Miller

Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan

EditorThomas W. Miller

Hardcover | December 16, 2009

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In Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan, an international and multidisciplinary core of clinicians, physicians, counselors, educators, and researchers provide new perspectives on the subject and scope of the stressful aspects of transitions in the life span. Transitions are discussed in depth, and the book balances theoretical knowledge with practical applications from transitions in health, adulthood and aging, to spirituality and cultural influences in the life cycle.Among the topics covered include:Encountering stressful events as well as normative transitions as a test of religious beliefsDevelopmental, trauma, and neurobiological perspectives in life stress and transitionsAfrican-centered spirituality throughout the lifespanAge-related patterns in social networksCoping with workplace and job related transitionsEthical and legal issues in transitioning the life spanInfluences of contemporary medicine and medical genetics on stressful life transitionsMatching the prevalence of the problem with its range of ideas, Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan is critical reading for mental health researchers and professionals.
Thomas W. Miller is Professor at Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky as well as a senior research scientist with the University of Connecticut's Center for Health Intervention and Prevention. He is also a University Teaching Fellow and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in cli...
Title:Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the LifespanFormat:HardcoverDimensions:716 pagesPublished:December 16, 2009Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1441907475

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Table of Contents

Processing Transitions in the Life Span.-Life Stress and Transitions in the Life Span.-Eriksonian Theory Applied to Transitions in the Span.-The Effects of Treatment Interventions on the Adult Brain due to Stressful Transitions in the Life Span.-Identity Transitions in the Life Span.-Stress, Mindful Parenting and the Transition to Adulthood.-Transitioning Recent Mass Trauma.-Education and Career Transitions.-The Career Transitions Faced by Adolescents and Young Adults.-The Impact of Trauma History on College Engagement.-Career Transitions Faced by Adolescents and Young Adults.-Life Cycle Transitions.-Ethical and Legal Issues in transitioning the Life Span.-Financial transitions across the life Span.-Assessing, Moderating, and Modifying Implicit Cognitive Processes in Alcohol and Drug Misuse in transitioning adulthood.-Coping with the Workplace and Job-related Transitions.-Trauma Growth After a Traumatic Event.-Family Transitions.-Life Course Transitions: Marriage, Birth and Divorce.-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.-Transitions in Health.-The Influence of Contemporary Medicine and Medical Genetics on Stressful Life Transitions.-The Role of Animals and Animal Assisted Therapy in Stressful Life Transitions.-Transition in Health: Coping with Congenital Disease.-Transitioning the diagnosis of Cancer.-Functional Fitness, Life Stress and Transitions in he Life Span.-Transitioning a Traumatic Event: Its Effect on the Adaptation to Family and Self.-Women's Sexuality Across the Adult Lifespan.-Humor as a Way of Transitioning Stressful Life Events.-Stressful Markers of Health: Transitions in Aging.-The Influence of Food on Adapting to Stressful Life Events in the Life-cycle.-Cultural and Spritual Influences in Life's Transitions.-Lifespan Development Revisited: African-Centered Spirituality Throughout the Life Cycle.-Encountering stressful events as well as normative transitions as a test of religious beliefs/coping systems.-Self Regulation across some Life Transitions.-Age-related Patterns in Social Networks Among European Americans and African Americans: Implications for Socio-emotional Selectivity Across the Lifespan.-Some Predicators of Primary Control of Development in Three Transitional.-Periods of the Life Cycle.-Concluding Comments and Future Considerations for Stressful Life Events and Transitions in the Life Span

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews:"From theory to practice, the Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan takes the reader from the process of recognition to the challenge of helping clients understand and adjust to stress-induced changes in their lives. Its thirty four well-organized chapters exhaustively cover the spectrum of human experience. Each addresses the nature of personal transitions and the distortions that stress introduces to normal development over the lifespan. It is a very helpful book, and it belongs in your collection."- Steve Schlesinger, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University School of Medicine"The Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan, a multidisciplinary and international volume, is well founded in neurobiological and psycho-social theory elaborating on the stressful transitions occurring throughout life. It is unique in addressing not only life threatening transitions in health and illness, but legal, ethical and financial transitions, as well as those related to education and career. The Handbook further examines the issues surrounding marriage, family, and sexual transitions as well as the cultural, religious and spiritual transitions experienced through life experiences. It is noteworthy that directions for the future are provided to the reader by Handbook's exploration of the impact of genetic testing, survival of stressful transitions, and examination of post traumatic growth required by humans in order to adapt and accommodate to life successfully. The Handbook provides practical guidance to the reader for meeting these challenging needs of their clients.- James Holsinger, Professor, Department of Health Services Management, University of KentuckyThe "Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan" is an exceptional multidisciplinary volume, which provides it's readers with an authoritative "one stop" resource for acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the impact of stress across the life cycle. Drawing from a range of international perspectives and scientific disciplines, this collection masterfully succeeds in combining breadth of scope with richness of detail by exploring life transitions through a variety of personal, theoretical, and clinical lenses. Whether working at the bench or the bedside, this handbook will prove invaluable to a wide cross section of professionals working in the fields of medicine, psychology, counseling, and education.- William P. French MD, Department of Psychiatry, Seattle Children Hospital & University of Washington"The Handbook of stressful transitions across the lifespan is a substantial tome. The Handbook is directed at both practitioners and researchers. A rich mixture indeed! It builds on the editor's earlier series of publications on stressful life events (Miller 1989, 1996, 1997, 1998). Overall, it is Erik Erikson's theory of lifespan development that receives most detailed attention, including Clark's pschobiographical analysis. Weitzel writes eloquently and unsentimentally about his experience of Parkinson's disease. Then, three of the five authors of a chapter on the aftermath of unexpected traumatic change recount - in one case with the assistance of another of the authors - their experience of living through serious, sudden and unexpected trauma. Williams' chapter focuses specifically on what he terms transition psychology, which he uses to consider and indeed predict responses to, amongst other things, mass traumas such as natural disasters and terrorist attacks. You will find chapters that are primarily scholarly discussions and overviews - including Lackovic-Grgin and Penezic's (chapter 22) on self-regulation and Wheeler's (chapter 26) on African-centered spirituality and its role of in facilitating transition. Elsewhere, there is discussion of more narrowly defined or practically-oriented topics - including nutrition (Ilich and Brownbill, chapter 31), animal and animal-assisted therapy (Adams, chapter 32), the role of humour (Kuhn, Nichols and Belew, chapter 33), and the need for financial planning (Boardmann, chapter 15). In the best tradition of Handbooks, such variety leads readers into new and varied fields of inquiry. I do have a few minor quibbles. I was surprised to see no mention of Erikson's 'ninth stage' (Erikson, 1997), or of the associated theorizing and research on gerotranscendence (for example, Tornstam, 2005). But these criticisms are small beer. Whilst this is not perhaps a book to be read cover-to-cover, it is certainly a book to be consulted, mined and returned to. Miller's Handbook of stressful transitions across the lifespan is undoubtedly a wide ranging and valuable reference text."- Dr Léonie Sugarman, Reader in Applied Psychology, University of Cumbria"For this valuable collection, Miller gathered expert papers addressing key issues in life transitions ranging from college to the workplace and including, for example, refugee displacement and resettlement and the transition to adoptive parenthood--a broad, ambitious scope. . This handbook should interest anyone interested in lifespan studies and the state of research on it. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers." (P. Flattau, Choice, Vol. 47 (11), July, 2010)