Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan

  • Thomas W. Miller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Processing Transitions in the Life Span

  3. Education and Career Transitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 86-86
    2. John R. Rudisill, Jean M. Edwards, Paul J. Hershberger, Joyce E. Jadwin, John M. McKee
      Pages 111-131
  4. Marriage, Family and Sexual Life Cycle Transitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 148-148
    2. Abbie E. Goldberg
      Pages 165-184
    3. Brian Barczak, Thomas W. Miller, Lane J. Veltkamp, Sarah Barczak, Clay Hall, Robert Kraus
      Pages 185-215
    4. Jeanne Joseph Chadwick
      Pages 217-233
    5. Emily Koert, Judith C. Daniluk
      Pages 235-252
    6. Thomas W. Miller, Cindy Dunn, Ila Patel
      Pages 253-268
  5. Legal, Ethical and Financial Transitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 270-270
    2. Steven Nisenbaum, Madelaine Claire Weiss, Daniel Shapiro
      Pages 271-296
  6. Life Threatening Transitions in Maturation and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 340-340
    2. Dorothy Ann Brockopp, Krista Moe, Judith A. Schreiber, Sherry Warden
      Pages 355-366
    3. Thomas W. Miller, Allan Beane
      Pages 367-376
    4. Richard Welsh, Lane J. Veltkamp, Thomas W. Miller, Ronald Goodman, Emily Rosenbaum
      Pages 377-388
  7. Cultural, Religious, and Spiritual Influences in Life's Transitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 410-410
    2. Katica Lacković-Grgin, Zvjezdan Penezić
      Pages 411-439
    3. Helene H. Fung, Tasia M. Y. Siu
      Pages 441-464
    4. Crystal L. Park, Donald Edmondson, Mary Alice Mills
      Pages 485-501
  8. Directions and Interventions in Stressful Life Transitions

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 675-691

About this book


The modern life cycle is characterized by stressful transitions, when unexpected events—and even many expected ones—challenge people’s functioning, health, and sense of self-worth. The international, multidisciplinary perspectives provided in the Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan cover these periods as they occur through youth, adulthood, and aging, bringing together theoretical and clinical findings, case studies, and literature reviews in one authoritative volume.

A diverse panel of clinicians, researchers, and educators focuses on the psychological, biological, cultural and spiritual factors surrounding not only trauma and loss but also coping and growth, risk and mitigating factors, and promising interventions. Whether topics are just beginning to receive in-depth attention (the first job; becoming adoptive parents), ongoing issues requiring new insights (veterans’ adjustment to civilian life; chronic illness), or emerging concepts (trauma growth; animal-assisted therapy), coverage is well-written, engaging, and eminently useful.

A sampling of the topics featured in the Handbook:

  • The developmental neurobiology of stress.
  • The long-term effects of divorce on children.
  • Self-regulation across life transitions.
  • Money in (E)motion: stressful financial transitions.
  • The influence of food on adapting to life stressors.
  • The transition to retirement as a stressful event.

With its comprehensive scope and wealth of data, the Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan will appeal to a variety of professional readers, including researchers and scholars in the fields of social, developmental and clinical psychology, sociology, and public health.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas W. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.College of MedicineUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonU.S.A.

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