1st Edition

Adult Development and Well-Being
The Impact of Institutional Environments

ISBN 9780789036476
Published April 3, 2008 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

Foster well-being in an institutional setting

Human services workers are consistently discovering more about how important adult well-being is as a foundation of positive human development. Adult Development and Well-Being: The Impact of Institutional Environments closely examines this relationship and provides creative strategies to improve outcomes for adults within institutional settings or systems. Leading experts discuss the latest research, offer insightful perspectives on adult development issues, and provide policy recommendations to effectively foster change. This important resource targets specific issues and provides practical answers to questions about how to positively affect human behavior by cultivating well-being.

Social work professionals know that adult development and well-being are directly impacted by institutional setting. Adult Development and Well-Being: The Impact of Institutional Environments explores current theory, literature, and studies on the various positive or negative influences institutions has on the self and intimate and social relationships. This text is extensively referenced and includes various tables to clearly present data.

Topics in Adult Development and Well-Being: The Impact of Institutional Environments include:

  • the experiences of grandparents raising grandchildren full time as a result of military deployment
  • various influences on the adjustment to long-term care
  • how the onset of mental illness impacts a person’s sense of self and belief systems—and the value of the mental health system
  • study of the impact of welfare reform policies on welfare and caregiving for low-income foster mothers
  • the impact on normal sexual development for institutionalized individuals
  • a study on the well-being of caregivers according to the kinship care arrangement
  • burnout and turnover in social service organizations
  • the impact of the United States Census on law, public policy, and distribution of privilege

Adult Development and Well-Being: The Impact of Institutional Environments is crucial, eye-opening reading for social work professionals, policymakers, researchers, educators, and students.

Table of Contents

  • A Profile of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren as a Result of Parental Military Deployment (Sheila Grant Bunch, Brenda J. Eastman, and Robin Rene Moore)
  • Motivational Style, Length of Residence, Voluntariness, and Gender as Influences on Adjustment to Long Term Care: A Pilot Study (Karin Curtiss, Bert Hayslip, and Diana C. Dolan)
  • The Mental Health System and Sense of Self Among Adults with Serious Mental Illness (Diane Weis Farone and Judith Pickens)
  • Caregiving and Welfare Reform: Voices of Low-Income Foster Mothers (Filomena M. Critelli)
  • The Effects of Residential Institutions on Adult Sexual Adjustment (William S. Rowe)
  • Examining the Perceptions of Grandparents Who Parent in Formal and Informal Kinship Care (Sheila G. Bunch, Brenda J. Eastman, and Linner W. Griffin)
  • The Impact of Hopelessness and Hope on the Social Work Profession (Andrea K. McCarter)
  • Reinforcing the Divide: The Influence of the U.S. Census on American Identity Development (John W. Miller)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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