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Exploring Existential Meaning: Optimizing Human Development Across the Life Span / Edition 1

Exploring Existential Meaning: Optimizing Human Development Across the Life Span / Edition 1

by Gary T. Reker, Kerry Chamberlain


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ISBN-13: 9780761909941
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/03/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Gary T. Reker, Ph.D. was born in Hamm, West Germany in 1942. He obtained his B.A. (1965) from Mc Master University and his M.A.Sc. (1970) and Ph.D. (1973) from the University of Waterloo. He has been at Trent University since 1972 and retired as Professor Emeritus in Psychology in 2008. He is married to Dorothy and they have three grown daughters and six grandchildren.

As a life-span developmental psychologist, his teaching and research interests have focussed on the aging process, specifically on the role of personal meaning in life, optimism, death attitudes, resilience and creative coping in promoting successful aging. He has conceptualized and constructed numerous measuring instruments, has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, authored several book chapters, and has edited (with Kerry Chamberlain) a book entitled, "Existential meaning: Optimizing human development across the life span" (Sage, 2000).

In 1981 and again in 1986, he was a Fellow of the Andrew Norman Institute for Advanced Studies in Gerontology and Geriatrics at the University of Southern California. In 1999, he was the Visiting Chair in Gerontology at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick. In 2007, he returned to the University of Southern California as a Visiting Scholar. He is actively involved in the Gerontological Society of America, the International Network on Personal Meaning, and the International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review.

Kerry Chamberlain is Professor of Social and Health Psychology at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a critical health psychologist whose research focuses on health and the everyday, with specific interests in medications, media, materiality, mundane ailments, food, and disadvantage, and in innovative qualitative research methodology. He is the co-editor of Qualitative Health Psychology: Theories and Methods (Sage; with Michael Murray), co-editor of Existential Meaning: Optimizing Human Development Across the Life Span (Sage; with Gary Reker) and co-author of Health Psychology: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge; with Antonia Lyons).

Table of Contents

Foreword - James E Birren
Introduction - Gary T Reker and Kerry Chamberlain
Philosophical Foundations of Existential Meaning - Gary M Kenyon
Meaning as Movement - Hubert J M Hermans
The Relativity of the Mind
Theoretical Perspective, Dimensions, and Measurement of Existential Meaning - Gary T Reker
Structural Components of Personal Meaning in Life and their Relationship with Death Attitudes and Coping Mechanisms in Late Adulthood - Nancy Van Ranst and Alfons Marcoen
Dimensions and Discourses of Meaning in Life - Kay O'Connor and Kerry Chamberlain
Approaching Meaning from Qualitiative Perspectives
An Inquiry into Existential Meaning - Dominique L Debats
Theoretical, Clinincal and Phenomenal Perspectives
The Personal Meaning System in a Life-Span Perspective - Freya Dittman-Kohli and Gerben J Westerhof
The Development of a Culturally Sensitive Measure of Sources of Life Meaning - Edward Prager, Rivka Savaya and Leora Bar-Tur
Finding Meaning in Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease - Carol J Farran, Karen Lowe Graham and Dimitra Loukissa
African American and White Caregivers' Perspectives
Making Meaning within the Experience of Life-Threatening Illness - Doris D Coward
Religion and Meaning in Late Life - Susan H Mc Fadden
Logotherapeutic and 'Depth Psychology' Approaches to Meaning and Psychotherapy - David Guttmann
Existential Meaning - Gary T Reker and Kerry Chamberlain
Reflections and Directions

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