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.

Social Relationships

Social Relationships
Social Relationships
Learning Objectives
  • Explain how childhood and adolescent experiences influence adult relationships.
  • Describe the ways that friendships can change over the life span, both in quality and quantity.
  • Identify friendship maintenance behaviors and outcomes.
  • Explain how empathy and compassion, altruism, and prosocial behavior promote adjustment.
  • Discuss the impact of loneliness and how it may be reduced through intervention.

After her divorce, Caila moved back to the neighborhood where she had been raised. Adjusting to being a single parent would be easier if she lived near her parents in a familiar setting. However, after a few months of adjusting to her new home environment, Caila realized that few of her old friends from high school still lived in the neighborhood, and she found that most of her “social ...

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