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Life-Span Developmental Psychology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121551407, 9781483268644

Life-Span Developmental Psychology

1st Edition

Nonnormative Life Events

Editors: Edward J. Callahan Kathleen A. McCluskey
eBook ISBN: 9781483268644
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th June 1983
Page Count: 348
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Life-Span Developmental Psychology: Nonnormative Life Events documents the proceedings of the 7th West Virginia University Life-Span Conference, held in Morgantown, WV, in May 1980. This volume focuses on the effects of nonnormative life crises, those which occur to only certain individuals within a specific culture or group and are for the most part considered to be disruptive to the normal life course. Contributors were invited from a number of orientations and academic disciplines, ranging from traditional life-span psychologists to practicing clinical psychologists. The dynamic interplay of these diverse approaches results in a very exciting level of intellectual and practical stimulation, which is reflected in the chapters of this volume. The chapters are grouped topically to mirror the pairings of the conference presentations. Key topics covered include the dimensionalization of life events; adolescent pregnancy and parenthood; grief and adjustment for families dealing with sudden infant death; family violence; and impact of divorce on children.

Table of Contents



1. The Dimensionalization of Life Events

I. Introduction

II. Life Events as Processes and as Markers

III. Dimensions of Life Events

IV. Categories of Life Events

V. A New Taxonomy of Life Events

VI. Summary

Reference Notes


2. Normative or Not? Confessions of a Fallen Epistemologist

3. Life Change Events in Alternative Family Styles

I. Introduction

II. Methodology

III. Event Scores for Each Life-Style at Various Time Periods

IV. Summary

Reference Notes


4. Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenthood: Implications for Development

I. Introduction

II. Theoretical Perspectives

III. Medical Considerations

IV. The Pregnancy Resolution

V. The Social and Economic Correlates of Adolescent Pregnancy

VI. The Adolescent as Parent

VII. Conclusion

Reference Notes


5. The Birth Defective Child and the Crisis of Parenthood: Redefining the Situation

I. Introduction: Defining the Situation

II. The Birth and Parenting of a Normal Child: The Prevailing Crisis Model

III. The Birth of a Defective Child: Permanent Crisis?

IV. Discussion: Parents' Definitional Careers

V. Conclusion: The Normality of the Nonnormative


6. Fetal Loss and Sudden Infant Death: Grieving and Adjustment for Families

I. Grief Defined

II. Research Findings

III. The Grieving Process

IV. Bonding and Grieving

V. Sibling Reactions

VI. Professional Response

VII. Conclusion

Reference Note


7. Rape: A Precursor of Change

I. Introduction

II. Reactions of Victims to Sexual Assault

III. Models for Promoting Positive Change Subsequent to Sexual Assault

IV. Conclusions

Reference Notes


8. Violence to the Family

I. Introduction

II. Assessing the Seriousness of Nonnormative Life Events

III. Families as Contexts for Human Development

IV. External Threats to Family Functioning

V. Internal Threats to Family Functioning

VI. Effects of Violence to the Family

VII. Summary and Conclusions

Reference Notes


9. Marital Separation: The First Eight Months

I. Marital Separation as a Stressful Life Event

II. Study Design

III. The Separation: Precursors and General Reactions

IV. Helpseeking and the Social Support System

V. Problems and Benefits Since Separation

VI. Discussion


10. Children of Divorce: Impact of Custody Disposition on Social Development

I. Introduction

II. Historical Background of Child-Custody Decisions

III. Impact of Mother Custody on Children's Social Development

IV. Factors Influencing Social Development in Mother-Custody Homes

V. Summary: Impact of Mother Custody

VI. Impact of Father Custody on Children's Social Development

VII. Conclusion

Reference Notes


11. Traumatic Injury in Midlife

I. The Accident

II. Hospitalization

III. Epilogue

12. Dialysis: A Unique Challenge?

I. The Impact of Dialysis Treatment

II. The Psychological Ramifications of Dialysis

III. Psychological and Behavioral Interventions in Dialysis

IV. Adjustment to Dialysis: A Reformulation

V. Conclusions

Reference Note



Author Index

Subject Index


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Edward J. Callahan

Kathleen A. McCluskey

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