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Life in the middle : psychological and social development in middle age /
edited by Sherry L. Willis, James D. Reid.
imprint
San Diego, Calif. : Academic Press, [1999]
description
xvii, 304 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0127572309 (alk. paper)
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imprint
San Diego, Calif. : Academic Press, [1999]
isbn
0127572309 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2543416
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-10-01:
This volume helps fill the need for literature and research related to adult development (roughly ages 40-64). Willis and Reid bring together under one cover a vast amount of literature by authors with affiliations that include universities, research institutes, and medical schools. Their book is organized in three sections: "Theoretical Perspectives" provides a sociological approach using life-course analysis, a Piagetian/Eriksonian developmental-task approach, and a revisitation of the largely debunked midlife-crisis theory from the perspective of narrative psychology; "Biological Functioning and Physical Health" looks at health and disease and provides a well-balanced discussion of women's health issues (particularly menopause) and a chapter on cardiovascular concerns; and "Psychosocial Functioning" considers the sense of well-being, the sense of control, gender roles and identity, intellectual functioning, and the impact of work (on white-collar workers). All of the selections emphasize a contextual approach to understanding the diversity of midlife development--the complex interplay of bio-psycho-social-cultural factors. Academic (upper-division undergraduate and up) and lay readers alike should find this readable volume interesting and useful. It could easily serve as a primary or secondary text in a specialized course. B. Ayers-Nachamkin Wilson College
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"This volume helps fill the need for literature and research related to adult development (roughly ages 40-64)...All of the selections emphasize a contextual approach to understanding the diversity of middle development--the complex interplay of bio-psycho-social-cultural factors. Academic (upper-division undergraduate and up) and lay readers alike should find this readable volume interesting and useful. It could easily serve as a primary or secondary text in a specialized course." --CHOICE, October 1999 "Willis and Reid deserve praise for creating a book that... meets... the worthy goals they set for themselves." --CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY, October 2000
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There is a growing body of scientific knowledge regarding development during the middle years which as so far been relegated to discipline-specific texts and journals (e.g., clinical psychology and endocrinology). Life in the Middle: Psychological and Social Development in Middle Age consolidates main findings across disciplines, with a life-span perspective of midlife. Coverage includes individual development in middle age from psychological and biological perspectives, as well as the sociocultural context in which middle-aged individuals live and work, including physical health in midlife, 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 members of the largest cohort in U.S. history are now moving into the middle years (e.g., the "baby boomers").
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There is a growing body of scientific knowledge regarding development during the middle years. Life in the Middle consolidates main findings across disciplines, with a life-span perspective regarding mid-life.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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. Key Features * 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
Table of Contents
Contributors
Preface
Theoretical Perspectives on Midlife
Midlife Development in a Life Course Context
The Developing Self in Midlife
The Midlife Crisis Revisited
Biological Functioning and Physical Health at Midlife
Health and Disease in Midlife
Women's Health at Midlife
Cardiovascular Health: A Challenge for Midlife
Psychosocial Functioning at Midlife
Psychological Well-Being in Midlife
The Sense of Control in Midlife
Gender Roles and Gender Identity in Midlife
Intellectual Functioning in Midlife
A Life-Span Framework for Assessing the Impact of Work on White-Collar Workers
Middle Age: New Thoughts, New Directions
Author Index
Subject Index
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