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Adaptation to Life / Edition 1

Adaptation to Life / Edition 1

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by George E. Vaillant
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674004140

ISBN-13: 9780674004146

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: Harvard

Between 1939 and 1942, one of America's leading universities recruited 268 of its healthiest and most promising undergraduates to participate in a revolutionary new study of the human life cycle. The originators of the program, which came to be known as the Grant Study, felt that medical research was too heavily weighted in the direction of disease, and their

Overview

Between 1939 and 1942, one of America's leading universities recruited 268 of its healthiest and most promising undergraduates to participate in a revolutionary new study of the human life cycle. The originators of the program, which came to be known as the Grant Study, felt that medical research was too heavily weighted in the direction of disease, and their intent was to chart the ways in which a group of promising individuals coped with their lives over the course of many years.

Nearly forty years later, George E. Vaillant, director of the Study, took the measure of the Grant Study men. The result was the compelling, provocative classic, Adaptation to Life, which poses fundamental questions about the individual differences in confronting life's stresses. Why do some of us cope so well with the portion life offers us, while others, who have had similar advantages (or disadvantages), cope badly or not at all? Are there ways we can effectively alter those patterns of behavior that make us unhappy, unhealthy, and unwise?

George Vaillant discusses these and other questions in terms of a clearly defined scheme of "adaptive mechanisms" that are rated mature, neurotic, immature, or psychotic, and illustrates, with case histories, each method of coping.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674004146
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
547,140
Product dimensions:
(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface, 1995
  • Cast of Protagonists
  • Part 1: The Study of Mental Health: Methods and Illustrations

    • Introduction
    • 1. Mental Health
    • 2. The Men of the Grant Study
    • 3. How They Were Studied
    • 4. Health Redefined—The Joyful Expression of Sex and of Anger


  • Part 2: Basic Styles of Adaptation

    • 5. Adaptive Ego Mechanisms—A Hierarchy
    • 6. Sublimation
    • 7. Suppression, Anticipation, Altruism, and Humor
    • 8. The Neurotic Defenses
    • 9. The Immature Defenses


  • Part 3: Developmental Consequences of Adaptation

    • 10. The Adult Life Cycle—In One Culture
    • 11. Paths into Health
    • 12. Successful Adjustment
    • 13. The Child Is Father to the Man
    • 14. Friends, Wives, and Children


  • Part 4: Conclusions

    • 15. The Maturing Ego
    • 16. What Is Mental Health—A Reprise
    • 17. A Summary


  • References Cited
  • Appendix A: A Glossary of Defenses
  • Appendix B: The Interview Schedule
  • Appendix C: The Rating Scales

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