Encyclopedia of Relationships Across the Lifespan / Edition 1

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Overview

This comprehensive, cross-disciplinary encyclopedia explores the developmental nature of social interactions and is designed for a broad range of readers in college, institutional, and public library settings. The lifespan perspective illuminates how relationships change throughout the course of human development from family interactions and friendships to dating and work relationships. In the process a diversity of topics are explored, such as aging experiences, divorce, family violence, gender roles, grandparenthood, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, marriage and alternative lifestyles, parenthood, and sibling relations. A variety of perspectives are provided, including psychological, sociological, family studies, historical, anthropological, and religious views. The reader is also exposed to how lifespan relationships are shaped by international, racial, ethnic, and class differences.

Over 500 easy-to-read entries analyze terms, concepts, themes, theories, and policies, as well as current, historical, and multicultural perspectives, and provide over 1,500 sources for further study. An appendix listing over 100 professional journals of note and a selected bibliography of the latest publications of importance to the topic overall further enrich this volume designed for students, teachers, practitioners, and general readers in all the social sciences.

The book contains no figures.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Jonathan Sherman, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is a reference manual for the study of the developmental nature of social relationships across the lifespan. Arranged as an encyclopedia, it includes entries, arranged alphabetically, that cover a wide range of topics regarding the changing nature of social involvement during life stages like childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Entries integrate current theoretical and research knowledge from a wide range of psychological disciplines (i.e., developmental psychology, social psychology) as well as related disciplines like anthropology, history, and religion.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide students of social relationships a brief but detailed summary of a particular area of interest and provide suggestions for further reading. The effort to create, in one source, a study tool that integrates such diverse material is a worthy one, and the author does an excellent job of meeting this objective.
Audience: This book seems ideally suited as a reference manual for university and graduate level "courses dealing with human development, intimate relationships, marriage and family, communications studies, family studies, human sexuality, parenthood, social psychology, clinical psychology, general psychology, and general sociology." Therefore, the encyclopedia will be of special interest to teachers of these subjects to assist in course preparation.
Features: In addition to the further reading recommendations that follow each entry, there is an extensive bibliography that lists additional sources, all published after 1993. The index is primarily a subject index and is well organized. There is an appendix featuring a list of 100 relevant professional journals and 65 organizations.
Assessment: In spite of taking on the difficult task of compiling and organizing material on the broad topic of social relationships across the lifespan, the author does a remarkable job of creating a useful, coherent, and stimulating reference tool. He should especially be commended for including often neglected material regarding racial and ethnic identity, religious affiliation, sexual preference, and economic status into his discussion of human social behavior. Entries are concise but highly informative, especially from the perspective of the student new to lifespan studies. However, with the inclusion of numerous current citations, this book is likely to be attractive to more advanced members of a covered field.
Jonathan Sherman
This book is a reference manual for the study of the developmental nature of social relationships across the lifespan. Arranged as an encyclopedia, it includes entries, arranged alphabetically, that cover a wide range of topics regarding the changing nature of social involvement during life stages like childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Entries integrate current theoretical and research knowledge from a wide range of psychological disciplines (i.e., developmental psychology, social psychology) as well as related disciplines like anthropology, history, and religion. The purpose is to provide students of social relationships a brief but detailed summary of a particular area of interest and provide suggestions for further reading. The effort to create, in one source, a study tool that integrates such diverse material is a worthy one, and the author does an excellent job of meeting this objective. This book seems ideally suited as a reference manual for university and graduate level ^^courses dealing with human development, intimate relationships, marriage and family, communications studies, family studies, human sexuality, parenthood, social psychology, clinical psychology, general psychology, and general sociology.^^ Therefore, the encyclopedia will be of special interest to teachers of these subjects to assist in course preparation. In addition to the further reading recommendations that follow each entry, there is an extensive bibliography that lists additional sources, all published after 1993. The index is primarily a subject index and is well organized. There is an appendix featuring a list of 100 relevant professional journals and 65 organizations. In spite oftaking on the difficult task of compiling and organizing material on the broad topic of social relationships across the lifespan, the author does a remarkable job of creating a useful, coherent, and stimulating reference tool. He should especially be commended for including often neglected material regarding racial and ethnic identity, religious affiliation, sexual preference, and economic status into his discussion of human social behavior. Entries are concise but highly informative, especially from the perspective of the student new to lifespan studies. However, with the inclusion of numerous current citations, this book is likely to be attractive to more advanced members of a covered field.
Library Journal
Turner (psychology, Mitchell Coll.) here compiles a comprehensive, nonjudgmental, and readily accessible cross-disciplinary reference to more than 500 terms and concepts (from "Abusive Family Relationships" to "World Views of Lifespan Development") related to the myriad human interaction types from birth to death. This title should be useful in libraries to answer reference questions and to support study in education, human growth and development, nursing, psychology, counseling, social work, and sociology. Each entry has its own bibliographic references to add dimension, veracity, and integrity to the discussion. The appendix provides a helpful list of journals relevant to the topic of human interaction, a classified list of professional organizations (with current addresses), and an 11-page bibliography of sources (serial and monographic) to supplement the one in the encyclopedia's individual entries. Turner is well qualified to produce this work-he is the prolific author of such college texts as Lifespan Development (Harcourt, 1995), Contemporary Adulthood (Harcourt, 1994), and Marriage and Family (Harcourt, 1988). There does not seem to be a comparable reference tool of this magnitude and completeness. The cost is not out of line for a title such as this. Recommended.-Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.
Booknews
An up-to-date reference manual for studying the developmental nature of human social relationships over the course of the lifespan, with alphabetical entries that explain a wide range of terms, concepts, themes, theories, and policies, as well as historical, international, and multicultural perspectives. The entries are of varying length and offer comprehensive analyses of their topics. Representative current sources conclude each entry, and a selected bibliography at the end of the volume contains some 220 research citations, all post-1993 publications. An appendix lists the names and addresses of some 100 professional journals and 65 organizations which focus on various aspects of relationships across the lifespan. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313295768
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFFREY S. TURNER is a Professor of Psychology at Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Preface

The Entries

Appendix A: Selected Professional Journals and Organizations

Selected Bibliography

Index

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