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

  • Discuss how life expectancy has changed worldwide over the past century.
  • Describe the age-related physical and cognitive changes of early, middle, and older adulthood.
  • Describe the major socioemotional changes associated with aging.
  • Identify behaviors associated with aging positively.
  • Identify factors that contribute to the ability to cope with loss.
  • Summarize findings about optimal living situations for aging adults.

Terrell was close to his grandfather throughout all of his childhood and adolescence. Not only did they share a home in which Terrell’s mother, father, and younger sister also lived but they shared a love of cars and basketball. When Terrell was a senior in high school, his beloved grandfather had a stroke, and as a result, he lost many of his physical abilities and some of his cognitive abilities. ...

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