Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Nonnormative Life Events

1st Edition - June 28, 1983

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  • Editors: Edward J. Callahan, Kathleen A. McCluskey
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483268644

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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

  • Contributors


    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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 348
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1983
  • Published: June 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483268644

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Edward J. Callahan

Kathleen A. McCluskey

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