Psychology of Adjustment: The Search for Meaningful Balance combines a student focus with state-of-the-art theory and research to help readers understand and adjust to life in a context of continuous change, challenge, and opportunity. Incorporating existential and third wave behavioral psychology perspectives, the authors emphasize the importance of meaning, mindfulness, and psychologically-informed awareness and skill. An inviting writing style, examples from broad ethnic, cultural, gender, and geographic areas, ample pedagogical support, and cutting-edge topical coverage make this a psychological adjustment text for the 21st century.

Community Contexts
Community Contexts
Learning Objectives
  • Describe methods and advantages of mentoring in the context of community.
  • Describe the roles of social support, social networking, and social capital in adjustment.
  • Discuss the importance of settings and contexts in adjustment.
  • Explain how culture provides a framework for understanding and reacting to the world.
  • Discuss ways that developmental psychopathology influences the adjustment process.

Patricia and Mary were the best of friends as little girls. They met in preschool and went to the same swim lessons. They were playmates, and their parents planned to send them to the same elementary school.

Then Patricia’s family moved to another city. Over time, the two girls lost touch. It was not until 20 years later, quite by accident, that the two women met each other on the ...

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