ERIC Number: ED437516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Adult Years: Mastering the Art of Self-Renewal. Revised Edition.
Hudson, Frederic M.
This book identifies skills and competencies that can empower adults throughout the life cycle. Part 1 focuses on the emerging adult. Chapter 1 contrasts new opportunities for adult living with the negative belief that the United States' best days are behind. Chapter 2 makes a case for a cyclical pattern for understanding adult life. Part 2 interprets the cycle of life change and describes human skills that empower adult life chapters and life transitions. Chapter 3 presents the pattern of adult change, with 4 phases of change and 10 life skills for enabling adult renewal and empowerment. Chapter 4 describes how to build strong adult life chapters and cooperate with their endings. Chapter 5 interprets life transitions that occur when life chapters cannot be sustained, repaired, or renewed. Part 3 portrays the adult life cycle. Chapter 6 explains how adults define life meaning and mission across the life cycle. Chapter 7 describes today's 20- and 30-year-olds. Chapter 8 examines how 40- and 50-year-olds express their life purpose, as self-reliance and interdependence become important focal points. Chapter 9 looks at continuities and changes in 60- to 90-year-olds as adult life continues to find new orientations. Chapter 10 presents 6 principles of life-cycle change. Part 4 applies the ideas to the self-renewing process in people and society. Chapter 11 explores the connections between adult life and global chaos. Chapter 12 outlines 10 qualities of self-renewing people. Chapter 13 shows the importance of adult mentor-coaches. The book contains 593 references, endnotes, and an index. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Adult Education, Adults (30 to 45), Aging (Individuals), Developmental Stages, Empowerment, Individual Development, Life Events, Life Satisfaction, Middle Aged Adults, Midlife Transitions, Older Adults, Quality of Life, Self Actualization, Well Being, Young Adults
Jossey-Bass Publishers, 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 ($24.95). Tel: 415-433-1740; Fax: 415-433-0499.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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