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Karen Duffy is a Distinguished Service Professor—emerita, at the State University of New York College at Geneseo. She received her Ph.D. in social and personality psychology from Michigan State University. Dr. Duffy served as a family mediator for the New York Unified Court System. She has also served on the executive committee and as the chief instructor for the training insti-tute for the New York State Employee Assistance Program (EAP), as well as on the board of di-rectors for a shelter for domestic violence and on an educational committee for a family planning agency. She has consulted to a variety of work settings on stress management, EAPs, and other work issues. She is a member of the American Psychological Society. Dr. Duffy has written sev-eral other books, including Community Mediation: A Handbook for Practitioners and Research-ers and Community Psychology. She also edits several hard-copy and web-based annual editions for another publisher, on topics including psychology of personality, social psychology, intro-ductory psychology, and adjustment. She has held two Fulbright Fellowships to St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia. While in Russia, she worked with AIDS International, several children’s shelters, and other community agencies. More recently, she completed a hu-manitarian aid trip to Mongolia.
Steven J. Kirsh is a Professor of Psychology at The State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. Kirsh’s primary areas of research focus on the influence of violent media on emo-tion recognition and social information processing. He has published Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence: A Critical Look at the Research (2006) and Media and Youth: A Developmental Perspective (2010) as well as numerous scientific articles and book chapters.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Self-Direction in a Changing World
Chapter 2: The Puzzle of Childhood
Chapter 3: Affirmative Aging — Adulthood
Chapter 4: Seeking Selfhood
Chapter 5: Toward Better Health
Chapter 6: Taking Charge
Chapter 7: Managing Motives and Emotions
Chapter 8: Making and Keeping Friends
Chapter 9: Leader or Follower?
Chapter 10: At Work and Play
Chapter 11: Sexuality
Chapter 12: Love and Commitment
Chapter 13: Stress
Chapter 14: Understanding Mental Disorders
Chapter 15: If You Go for Help
Chapter 16: Good Grief and Death