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.

Stress, Health, and Well-Being
Stress, Health, and Well-Being
Learning Objectives
  • Identify examples of stressors, stress processes, and stress reactions.
  • Describe different coping styles and their impacts on the adjustment process.
  • Identify strategies that are found to be effective in reducing stress.
  • Differentiate between good stress and bad stress.

Lance is a White male who comes from a working-class family. Lance has not always been interested in school, and his grades have fluctuated throughout the years. Now that he is about to graduate from high school, Lance has been thinking about what is next for him. Lance’s father suffered a stroke a month ago, which has left him unable to work and in need of extensive rehabilitation and 24-hour care. Lance’s mother works as a waitress and has been struggling ...

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