Coping with losses and past trauma in old age: The separation-indrviduation perspective

Liora Bar-Tur, Rachel Levy-Shiff

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Old age is a stage in life in which numerous changes associated with loss can be expected to occur in major life domains. Deterioration of health; retirement; relocation; occupational and financial loss; loss of social roles, identity, status, and support; and the loss of spouse and significant others (siblings, friends) pose an ongoing threat to everyday functioning, forcing the individual to adapt. Thus, effective functioning in daily life represents a major developmental task for the aging (Baltes & Carstensen, 1996; Marsiske, Lang, Baltes, & Baltes, 1995). There is marked variability in adjustment among the elderly, and despite the numerous losses associated with aging, many elderly people are well adjusted and report experiencing high levels of well-being (George & Clipp, 1991; Wetle, 1990).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPost Traumatic Stress Theory
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Application
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)158391014X, 9781135057749
ISBN (Print)9781583910146
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

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