Perspectives On Loss

Perspectives On Loss : A Sourcebook

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Losses are integral to the human experience, but they sometimes unfold in subtle ways. Loss is not just about death, but can encompass a number of situations, such as those gradual losses experienced by the elderly: loss of vision, mental capacity, or hope.

Intended to stimulate ideas and research in the new area of psychological aspects of loss, this sourcebook collects the writing of a set of distinguished scholars representing psychology and related fields. The author presents a case for a broadly-construed field of loss-both personal and interpersonal-that would complement other fields such as death and dying, traumatology, and stress and coping.

No other volume is as comprehensive in its treatment of this intriguing subject. The book begins with an introduction to the concept of loss and discusses the definition of the term and the salience of the topic in the general public in the 1990s. Contributors were chosen to represent some of the most interesting current work on different types of loss and adaptation in the whole of the social and behavioral sciences. Contents cover such diverse subjects as loss in intimate relationships, disability, chronic illness, genocide, sports, unemployment, and homelessness. The book concludes with a commentary section on loss theory and research.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 370 pages
  • 160 x 235.7 x 25.1mm | 746.47g
  • Brunner-Mazel Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0876309090
  • 9780876309094
  • 2,342,387

Table of contents

Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives Section. New Directions in Loss Research, Miller and Omarzu. Blockades to Finding Meaning and Control, Thompson. Disillusionment and the Creation of Value, Janoff-Bulman and Berg. Exploring Loss through Autoethnographic Inquiry, Ellis. A Case for Hope in Pain, Loss, and Suffering, Snyder. Trauma and Grief, Stroebe, Schut, and Stroebe. Part 2: Close Relationship Losses Section. The Dissolution of Close Relationships, Sprecher and Fehr. Fatal Attractions, Felmlee. Loss in the Experience of Multiracial Couples, Rosenblatt and Tubbs. Curbing Loss in Illness and Disability, Lyons and Sullivan. Passion Lost and Found, Cunningham, Barbee and Druen. Part 3: Losses Faced by Survivors and Caretakers Section. Implications of Communal Relationships Theory for Understanding Loss among Family Caregivers, Williamson andShaffer. Brain Injury, Chwalisz, Loss Experienced in Chronic Pain and Illness, Kelley. Facilitating Recovery from Suicidal Bereavement, Range. Mental Health Professionals'Responses to Loss and Trauma, Solomon, Ram and Neria. Breaking the Cycle of Genocidal Violence, Staub. Part 4: Losses Related to Social Identity. The Experience of Loss in Sport, LLavallee, Grove, Gordon and Ford. What is Lost by Not Losing, Miller. Homelessness and Loss, Morse. Coping with Threat from Intimate Sources, Nuris and Gaylord. Loss of Collective Identity, Liiceanu. Job Loss, Price, Friedland and Vinokur. Part 5: Synthesizing Commentaries on Loss Theory and Research Section. Why There Must Be a Psychology of Loss, Harvey and Weber. Commentary, Neimeyer. Commentary, Weiss.
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