Stress and Adversity over the Life Course: Trajectories and Turning Points

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This book attempts to map the influence of early stressful experiences on later life outcomes, studying the trajectories of stressors over the life course. It examines the ramifications of stressful events at key life course transition points, and explores the diversity of outcomes for individuals who have suffered through trauma. Finally, the book suggests new methods for study of stress and adversity through the life course, where issues of timing, ordering, and sequencing of stressors are crucial.

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"This book attempts to map the influence of early stressful experiences on later life outcomes, studying the trajectories of stressors over the life course. It examines the ramifications of stressful events at key life-course transition points and explores the diversity of outcomes for individuals who have suffered through trauma. Finally, the book suggests new methods for the study of stress and adversity thorugh the life course, where issues of timing and sequence of stressors are crucial." Family Therapy

"Gotlib and Wheaton have provided researchers and practitioners concerned with the study of the effects of various stressors on mental health a new and particularly helpful tool- one that focuses on complexity and positive and negative outcomes and one that focuses on both specific types of stress and on the timing and accumulation of adversity across the life span while maintaining the call for increased rigor and definition in measurement. What they offer here is a way of thinking about stress and the life course that suggests not the inevitability of consequences, but the hope for a wider range of suggestions and solutions for further study and treatment." Contemporary Psychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521550758
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors; 1. Trajectories and turning points over the life course: concepts and themes Blair Wheaton and Ian H. Gotlib; Part I. Trajectories: Long-Term Effects of Adverse Experience: 2. Childhood adversity and adult psychopathology Ronald C. Kessler, Jacquelyn Gillis-Light, William J. Magee, Kenneth S. Kendler and Lindon J. Eaves; 3. The impact of twenty childhood and adult traumatic stressors on the risk of psychiatric disorder Blair Wheaton, Patricia Roszell and Kimberlee Hall; 4. Intergenerational sanction sequences and trajectories of street-crime amplification John Hagan and Bill McCarthy; 5. School-leavers' self-esteem and unemployment: turning point or a station on a trajectory? David Dooley and JoAnn Prause; 6. Intergenerational consequences of social stressors: effects of occupational and family conditions on young mothers and their children Elizabeth G. Menaghan; 7. Women's roles and resilience: trajectories of advantage or turning points? Phyllis Moen; Part II. Turning Points: Changes in Life Trajectories: 8. Becoming unsupervised: children's transitions from adult-care to self-care in the afterschool hours Deborah Belle, Sara Norell and Anthony Lewis; 9. Children whose parents divorce: life trajectories and turning points Donald Wertlieb; 10. Life after high school: development, stress and well-being Susan Gore, Robert Aseltine, Jr, Mary Ellen Colten and Bin Lin; 11. Turning points in midlife Elaine Wethington, Hope Cooper and Carolyn S. Holmes; 12. Adaptation to retirement Robert S. Weiss; Part III. New Methods for the Study of the Life Course: 13. Construction and use of the life history calendar: reliability and validity of recall data Nan Lin, Walter M. Ensel and Wan-foon Gina Lai; 14. Using discrete-time survival analysis to study event occurrence across the life course John B. Willett and Judith D. Singer; Index.

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