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.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the social and emotional skills needed to participate in a school environment.
  • Identify individual and environmental factors that contribute to school success.
  • Discuss college success factors, challenges, and strategies.
  • Describe methods and advantages of mentoring in the context of school.

Jessie was the son of immigrant parents who moved him and his siblings to the United States as young children. Jessie’s parents stayed in school in Mexico until they were in sixth grade, after which time they went to work to help contribute income to their poor families. Jessie knew his parents’ greatest dream for him was to graduate high school and go on to college. They were thrilled when he applied and was accepted to the local community college. But as high school ...

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