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.

Work and Vocation

Work and Vocation

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how work fulfills basic human needs.
  • Identify work-related milestones across the human life span.
  • Explain how contextual factors such as gender, race, and SES impact vocational development.
  • Discuss the major theories of vocational decision making.
  • Describe rewards and risks associated with work.

Angie is a 17-year-old high school junior. She is Mexican American, born in a large Midwestern city to parents who emigrated from Mexico when they were in their 20s. Angie’s parents often talk about their dream of seeing her go to college and have a successful life. In fact, the American Dream was their motivation for coming to the United States. As a member of an immigrant family, Angie’s life has been challenging. Her parents both work multiple low-wage ...

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