Transitions Through Adult Life

Paperback | July 9, 1991

byCharles M. Sell

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Transitions Through Adult Life is a summary of what is known about adults and how they develop. More than a book describing life' crises, it portrays the potential of life's transitions. It seeks to offer answers to the problems it analyzes. This book provides an overview of the various stages of adult life, what is typical in those stages, and how the church needs to be responsive to adults as they traverse the stages. The twenty-six chapters deal with young adulthood, middle adulthood, and older adulthood and most of the major events and challenges that one may encounter in those stages. Some of the specific topics include courtship, singleness, faith development, career, child-rearing, loss of loved ones, divorce, physical decline, etc. The chapters are succinct summaries of the significant dimensions of the topic calling upon existing research and the author's own keen powers of synthesis.

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This book not only describes life's crises, but also portrays the potential of life's transitions and seeks to offer answers to the problems it analyzes. It provides an overview of the various stages of adult life, what is typical in those stages, and how to deal with adults as they traverse the stages

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Transitions Through Adult Life is a summary of what is known about adults and how they develop. More than a book describing life' crises, it portrays the potential of life's transitions. It seeks to offer answers to the problems it analyzes. This book provides an overview of the various stages of adult life, what is typical in those st...

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Transitions Through Adult Life is a summary of what is known about adults and how they develop. More than a book describing life' crises, it portrays the potential of life's transitions. It seeks to offer answers to the problems it analyzes. This book provides an overview of the various stages of adult life, what is typical in those st...

Charles M. Sell (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written widely on topics related to education and development as well as marriage, family, and personal growth.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:July 9, 1991Publisher:Zondervan

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ISBN - 10:0310536618

ISBN - 13:9780310536611

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ContentsPrefaceIntroductionPart 1: Young AdulthoodChapter 1 Coming on Strong: The Widening PerspectiveChapter 2 Clashing with Society: The Idealistic PatternChapter 3 Avenue to Adulthood: The Tasks of Transition and the Choice of a VocationChapter 4 The Tunnel of Love: The Intimacy NeedChapter 5 Down Lover's Lane: From Courtship to ParenthoodChapter 6 Strolling Single Street: Singlehood and DivorceChapter 7 The Valley of Decision: Establishing Individual IdentityChapter 8 Climbing Kohlberg's Ladder: Moral DevelopmentChapter 9 The Road of Faith Development: Freedom, Relativism, and InternalizationChapter 10 The Loss of a Little One: Infertility and the Death of One's ChildPart 2: Middle AdulthoodChapter 11 The Churning Point: Midlife CrisesChapter 12 Changing Lanes: Generativity and PolaritiesChapter 13 In the Savage Woods: Faith DevelopmentChapter 14 Vibrations and Tremors: Vocational Problems and Teen TroublesChapter 15 Aging Lovebirds and Empty Nests: Physical Changes and Marital MattersChapter 16 Living After Death: Grief and WidowhoodChapter 17 Getting It from Both Ends: Delinquent Teenagers and Dependent ParentsPart 3: Older AdulthoodChapter 18 Older or Better? Attitudes Toward AgingChapter 19 Enter Stage Last: Becoming a Senior CitizenChapter 20 Keeping It All Together: Integrity vs. DespairChapter 21 The Downhill Side: Coping with Loss and Psychological DisordersChapter 22 Taking Care of the Old Equipment: Physical ChangesChapter 23 Retirement: Retiring, Not RetreatingChapter 24 Grandparenting: A Grand OpportunityChapter 25 Deceased or Deserted: Death and Divorce in Old AgeChapter 26 Institutionalization: Next to Last StepsAfterwordBibliographyIndex

From Our Editors

This book not only describes life's crises, but also portrays the potential of life's transitions and seeks to offer answers to the problems it analyzes. It provides an overview of the various stages of adult life, what is typical in those stages, and how to deal with adults as they traverse the stages