Handbook of Midlife Development (Wiley Series in Adulthood by Margie E. Lachman

By Margie E. Lachman

THE DEFINITIVE source ON MIDLIFE DEVELOPMENTEdited through Margie Lachman, a pacesetter within the box, instruction manual of Midlife improvement presents an updated portrayal of human improvement throughout the center years of the lifestyles span. that includes contributions from well-established, very popular specialists, this exhaustive reference fills the space for a compilation of study in this more and more very important topic.Divided into 4 complete sections, the booklet addresses the theoretical, biomedical, mental, and social points of midlife improvement. each one bankruptcy contains insurance of unifying subject matters akin to gender adjustments, ethnic and cultural variety, old alterations, and socioeconomic modifications from a life-span developmental point of view. Readers will realize what could be realized from participants' subjective conceptions of midlife; discover a variety of "cultural" fictions of heart age; learn the assets members have at their disposal to barter midlife; think of mechanisms for balancing paintings and relations; and different issues as provided within the most up-to-date learn from the social, behavioral, and clinical sciences.Handbook of Midlife improvement is an critical source for execs and practitioners who paintings with adults and for researchers and scholars who research grownup improvement and comparable topics.Some of the midlife themes discussed:* Cultural views* actual alterations* tension, coping, and overall healthiness* highbrow functioning* reminiscence* character and the self* variation and resilience* Emotional improvement* households and intergenerational relationships* Social relationships* The function of labor* making plans for retirement

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Thus, she views the individual as attempting to harmonize the duality between seeking comfort and accomplishing selected goals. qxd 3/1/01 12:12 PM Page 11 A View on Midlife Development from Life-Span Theory 11 one’s temporal perspective. Bühler contends that though we live in the present, we have goals that reach into the future, and we are always affected by our past. , children) seek largely comfort. The period of midlife brings the consideration of past and future into balance; the individual tries to use what has been learned in the past to promote future goal achievement and fulfillment.

While midlife itself has been relatively understudied, research pertinent to midlife appears in the domains and events that are central to its definition. , changes in sexual function and bodily functions—menopause, incidence of disease). , Rubin, 1979); and the transition to retirement and leisure (Atchley, 1982). Taking this task- or event-specific perspective, the oft-made claim that little research exists on midlife may be overstated. In fact, many research areas provide useful information for understanding the multiple challenges and problems of midlife development.

1997). Should such a cut-point find empirical support after further investigations of the multiple domains of midlife development, it would seem useful to subdivide samples into groups of early midlifers ranging from 40 to 50 years and late midlifers ranging from 51 to 60 years of age. LIFE-SPAN CHANGES IN THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES Related to the notion of the gain/loss ratio, and the forces underlying the changes in this ratio is the observation that organisms have limited resources and that these resources change in their range and fixedness across the life span (Baltes & Baltes, 1990).

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