- Oxford Library Of Psychology
- Short Contents
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Continuing to Build a Discipline at the Borders of Thought
- The Relationship between Adult Learning and Development: Challenging Normative Assumptions
- Qualitative Methods in Adult Development and Learning: Theoretical Traditions, Current Practices, and Emerging Horizons
- Latent Growth Models: A Quantitative Method for Studying Adult Development and Learning
- Prior Learning Assessment and the Developmental Journey: From “Mapless” to Cartographer
- The Interface of Adult Learning and Intelligence
- Self-Authorship and Metacognition: Related Constructs for Understanding College Student Learning and Development
- Emotion, Regulation, and Learning across the Adult Lifespan: Implications from Developmental Functionalism
- Principles of Interpersonal Competence and Motivation: Distinguishing Reciprocity and Affect in Social Contexts of Learning
- Identity Narratives during the Adult Years: Development and Learning
- Midlife Work Role Transitions: Generativity and Learning in 21st-Century Careers
- Psychological Functioning in Adulthood: A Self-Efficacy Analysis
- Constructing the Self in the Face of Aging and Death: Complex Thought and Learning
- Mature Transformations in Adulthood Facilitated by Psychotherapy and Spiritual Practice
- The Connection between Postformal Thought, Stage Transition, Persistence, and Ambition and Major Scientific Innovations
- Wisdom and Its Development: Learning to Become Wise(r)
- Religious, Spiritual, and Moral Development and Learning in the Adult Years: Classical and Contemporary Questions, Cognitive-Developmental and Complementary Paradigms, and Prospects for Future Research
- Mindfulness, Openness to Experience, and Transformational Learning
- Effects of Children on Adult Development and Learning: Fifty Years of Theory and Research
- Sibling Relationships as Opportunities for Development and Learning in Adulthood
- Work as the Catalyst of Reciprocal Adult Development and Learning: Identity and Personality
- Culture, Learning, and Adult Development
- We Are All Learning Here: Cycles of Research and Application in Adult Development
- A Close-up on Adult Learning and Developmental Diversity: Adult Growth in Cohorts and Collaborative Groups
- Doctoral Study: At the Intersection of Age-Related Change and Higher Learning
- Holistic Development, Learning, and Performance in College and Beyond
- Author Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
In this chapter, we will review and synthesize theory and research in both the adult identity formation and adult learning (more specifically, meaning-making) literatures that address mechanisms for both undergoing identity change as well as maintaining continuity in the course of identity development during adulthood. Based on this review, we will focus, in particular, on times of adult identity transitions and proceed to derive principles for the establishment of intervention programs to assist adults during times of major identity change. We will then provide an example of how identity change processes in adulthood can be addressed and facilitated through personal learning experiences and conclude with a statement of how periods of identity transitions present ideal opportunities for both learning and identity development during adult life.
Jane Kroger, Department of Psychology, University of Tromsø.
Kate C. McLean, Department of Psychology, Western Washington University.
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