Adultspan Journal

A scholarly journal publishing current information about research, theory, and practice in the field of adult development and aging. Emphasis is given to developmental principles and concomitant counseling implications. This is the official journal of the

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall

Advocacy and Mentoring toward a Developmental Framework
The importance of embracing a developmental framework has been a driving force for many years for professionals who are active within the Association for Adult Development and Aging. A life span approach to counseling, helping, and supporting individuals...
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Aging Well in an Upscale Retirement Community: The Relationships among Perceived Stress, Mattering, and Wellness
Residents (N = 142) of a southeastern, upscale retirement community completed measures of wellness, perceived stress, and mattering. Participants scored higher than did a group of adults under age 60 on 4 of 5 second-order wellness factors and Total...
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Artful Witnessing of the Story: Loss in Aging Adults
The authors examine the concepts of ego integrity life review, and narrative reconstruction as cornerstones of theory that inform counseling practice with aging adults. Contemporary theories of grief reconciliation are proposed as useful models for...
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Mattering in the Later Years: Older Adults' Experiences of Mattering to Others, Purpose in Life, Depression, and Wellness
The relationships among mattering, purpose in life, depression, and wellness among older adults were explored. Mattering, purpose in life, and depression accounted for 78% of the wellness variance. Older adults perceived that they mattered most to...
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Religious and Spiritual Beliefs: An Avenue to Explore End-of-Life Issues
This literature review highlights the relationship between spirituality and/or religion and how people respond in the face of impending death. Attitudes toward physician-assisted suicide and hospice are explored. The author also offers recommendations...
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Sexual and Intimacy Issues for Aging Gay Men
The authors focus on the special issues involved in providing counseling to aging gay men regarding sex and intimacy. Although the stresses of aging experienced by gay men are similar to those of heterosexual men, older gay men face issues of a stigmatized...
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