Encyclopedia of Relationships across the Lifespan

Encyclopedia of Relationships across the Lifespan

Encyclopedia of Relationships across the Lifespan

Encyclopedia of Relationships across the Lifespan

Synopsis

Comprehensive, cross-disciplinary encyclopedia analyzing terms, concepts, themes, theories, policies and current, historical, and multicultural perspectives illuminating how relationships change through life -- for a broad range of readers.

Excerpt

The social relationships of a human being over the course of the lifespan are both complex and intriguing. From the early months of childhood through the years of late adulthood, social relationships shape the growth and development of a person in many ways. For the child, this journey begins with the parent-child relationship and spreads to siblings, the extended family, neighborhood friends and schoolmates, one’s town or city, and ultimately one’s state and country. Over the course of seven or eight decades, the developing person acquires a vast array of social skills and capacities, from learning how to speak a language and exchange meaningful communication with others to developing a social network of friends and understanding the culture into which one is born. As the lifespan unfolds, family, friends, school, religion, and the media transmit vast amounts of information about one’s society, including how to participate in it.

This volume is designed as a reference manual for studying the developmental nature of such relationships. Exploring how social interactions change over time has become a popular field of study, and in recent years there has been an explosion of both research and theory. This encyclopedia carefully details the scope of such scientific activity, including accumulated knowledge as well as new research frontiers. The result is a book that is current, complete, and thorough in its coverage of the topic.

Containing hundreds of entries, Encyclopedia of Relationships Across the Lifespan explains a wide range of terms, concepts, themes, theories, and policies, as well as historical, international, and multicultural perspectives. The reader will discover that nothing more fully characterizes the study of relationships than the transitions that are encountered in moving from one life stage to another:

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