Thinking about the Lifecourse: A Psychosocial Introduction

Thinking about the Lifecourse: A Psychosocial Introduction

by Elizabeth Frost, Stuart McClean


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How we change over time - who we love, what work we do, how we die - is shaped both by internal, and external influences. This book explores the important subject of human growth and development by combining the social context of how people live with their personal ways of thinking and being. The result is a greater understanding of why people are who they are.

Taking a psychosocial approach to exploring human growth and development, this book:

• Provides an insightful exploration of the human life course by looking at significant life stages and key themes (such as parenting, ill-health and violence).

• Draws on both contemporary and classic research in the fields of psychology and sociology, to deliver an in-depth analysis of issues about self and society.

• Moves beyond traditional, limiting approaches to understanding people's lives toward an interdisciplinary, psychosocial approach.

Whether you are studying on a Social Work, Nursing or related Health or Social Care degree, or taking a course in the newly emerging field of Psychosocial Studies, this book is a clear and ground-breaking contribution to the understanding of human growth and development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230249653
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 12/23/2013
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Frost is Principal Lecturer in Social Work and Fellow of the Centre for Psychosocial Studies at the School of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

Stuart McClean is Senior Lecturer in Health Science at the School of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

Table of Contents

PART I.- 1. Psychosocial Theory: Being and Becoming.- 2. How People Begin: 'the child as father to the man'.- 3. How People Become: Agency and Identification.- 4. How People Connect: Love, Marriage and the Family.- 5. How People are Occupied: School, Work and After in Consumer Societies.- 6. How People Thrive: Resilience and Well-being.- 7. How People Struggle: Social Suffering and Ill-being.- 8. How People Hurt and Hate: Violence and Bullying.- 9. How People Age and Die: Disengagement, Disruption and Loss.- PART II.- 1. Background to the Psychosocial Approach.- 2. Psychosocial Theory in Process.- 3. Psychosocial Theory from Psychoanalysis and Child Psychiatry.- 4. Psychosocial Theory from Psychology.- 5. Psychosocial Theory from Sociology and Social Theory.- 6. Psychosocial Theory in Applied Contexts.- 7. Psychosocial Theory and the Theorist.

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