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Thinking about the Lifecourse

A Psychosocial Introduction

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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...

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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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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.

“Thinking About the Lifecourse: A Psychosocial Introduction is a primer of a ‘psychosocial way of thinking’ about issues of human growth and development and their social context. … The combination of this breadth with the engaging style of writing maintained in the text and accessible format it is presented … render it well-matched to the needs of a diverse health and social welfare practitioner readership.” (Philip John Archard, Journal of Social Work Practice, 2015)
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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.




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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.




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