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Exploring Existential Meaning
Optimizing Human Development Across the Life Span

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September 1999 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Both implicit and existential meaning are important constructs in fully understanding human experience. The editors of this volume present a forum for an array of viewpoints and recent research that address the notion of optimal human growth.
James E Birren
Foreword
Gary T Reker and Kerry Chamberlain
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THEORETICAL AND CONCEPTUAL ISSUES
Gary M Kenyon
Philosophical Foundations of Existential Meaning
Hubert J M Hermans
Meaning as Movement
The Relativity of the Mind

 
Gary T Reker
Theoretical Perspective, Dimensions, and Measurement of Existential Meaning
 
PART TWO: RESEARCH ON EXISTENTIAL MEANING
Nancy Van Ranst and Alfons Marcoen
Structural Components of Personal Meaning in Life and their Relationship with Death Attitudes and Coping Mechanisms in Late Adulthood
Kay O'Connor and Kerry Chamberlain
Dimensions and Discourses of Meaning in Life
Approaching Meaning from Qualitiative Perspectives

 
Dominique L Debats
An Inquiry into Existential Meaning
Theoretical, Clinincal and Phenomenal Perspectives

 
Freya Dittman-Kohli and Gerben J Westerhof
The Personal Meaning System in a Life-Span Perspective
Edward Prager, Rivka Savaya and Leora Bar-Tur
The Development of a Culturally Sensitive Measure of Sources of Life Meaning
 
PART THREE: APPLICATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS
Carol J Farran, Karen Lowe Graham and Dimitra Loukissa
Finding Meaning in Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease
African American and White Caregivers' Perspectives

 
Doris D Coward
Making Meaning within the Experience of Life-Threatening Illness
Susan H McFadden
Religion and Meaning in Late Life
David Guttmann
Logotherapeutic and `Depth Psychology' Approaches to Meaning and Psychotherapy
 
PART FOUR: OVERVIEW AND NEW DIRECTIONS
Gary T Reker and Kerry Chamberlain
Existential Meaning
Reflections and Directions

 

Gary T. Reker

Gary T. Reker, Ph.D. was born in Hamm, West Germany in 1942. He obtained his B.A. (1965) from McMaster University and his M.A.Sc. (1970) and Ph.D. (1973) from the University of Waterloo. He has been at Trent University since 1972 and retired as Professor Emeritus in Psychology in 2008. He is married to Dorothy and they have three grown daughters and six grandchildren.... More About Author

Kerry Chamberlain

Kerry Chamberlain is Professor of Social and Health Psychology at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. He is coeditor (with Michael Murray) of Qualitative Health Psychology: Theories and Methods (SAGE), coauthor (with Antonia Lyons) of Health Psychology: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge), and series editor (with Antonia Lyons) for Critical Approaches to Health (Routledge). He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and has published widely on health issues and qualitative research. His current research interests are in poverty, health and illness, medicalisation, food, and the mundane, and innovative methods for... More About Author

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