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Handbook of Adolescent Death and Bereavement by David Balk PhD, PhD Charles Corr PhD CT

By David Balk PhD, PhD Charles Corr PhD CT

During this accomplished instruction manual, Charles Corr and David flinch enhance our knowing of the demanding situations confronted by way of young people while dealing with loss of life, death, and bereavement. the quantity is equipped into 3 components. half I addresses particular concerns fascinated with confrontations with dying. half II makes a speciality of the position of bereavement. half III explains particular healing interventions for caregivers. The authors introduce us to formative years as a distinct time within the human existence cycle, a interval relatively break away early life and maturity. They determine normative children, and clarify developmental initiatives which are common of early, center, and overdue youth.

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Bearing this in mind, it is not so paradoxical that at a time when they can more fully contemplate the future, adolescents may withdraw into immersion in a vivid present (Kastenbaum, 1959) or try to manipulate their sense of time through the use of alcohol and drugs (Hankoff, 1975). Taking part in risky activities may be an effective strategy for distracting adolescents from coping with the realities of life and death. Contemplating one's own death, as a teenager, may be an almost incomprehensible abstraction.

First of all, the normative transitions from elementary to middle school, and then on to high school, coincide with so many other life-enhancing (and death-potentiating) experiences. The social field changes from one classroom with one teacher to the entire school. In the myriad different classes and extracurricular activities, adolescents have opportunities to interact with a greater variety of people than ever before, explore new topics and dis- 34 Death ciplines, and develop further awareness of the possibilities of the world and the future.

Not being quite whole yet, the death and life of one's self and one's true love represent common themes in adolescent poetry and books. In music, the Romeo and Juliet syndrome is ever available on the airwaves; content analysis of the top-40 music from the 1950s to the present reveals that songs with death-related themes were the most popular (Plopper & Ness, 1993). Identity development involves creating an anchor for one's self in the life cycle. According to Erikson (1968), adolescents must explore who they are within the context of their personal pasts, the present, and their anticipated futures.

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