Reciprocating Self Human Development in Theological Perspective

ISBN-10: 0830827935
ISBN-13: 9780830827930
Edition: 2005
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Description: On the basis of a theologically grounded understanding of the nature of persons and the self, Jack O. Balswick, Pamela Ebstyne King and Kevin S. Reimer present a model of human development that ranges across all of life's stages: infancy, childhood,  More...

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 5/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 334
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

On the basis of a theologically grounded understanding of the nature of persons and the self, Jack O. Balswick, Pamela Ebstyne King and Kevin S. Reimer present a model of human development that ranges across all of life's stages: infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, elder adulthood. They do this by drawing on a biblical model of relationality, where the created goal or purpose of human development is to become a reciprocating self--fully and securely related to others and to God.Along the way, they provide a context for understanding individual development issues--concerns, tensions, worries or crises encountered by the self in the context of change. Awareness of these issues is most pronounced at developmental transitional points: learning to talk and walk, beginning to eat unassisted, going to school, developing secondary sexual physical features, leaving home, obtaining full-time employment, becoming engaged and then married, having a child for the first time, parenting an adolescent, watching children move away from home, retiring, experiencing decline in physical and mental health, and, finally, facing imminent death.Throughout, Balswick, King and Reimer contend that, since God has created human beings for relationship, to be a self in reciprocating relationships is of major importance in negotiating these developmental issues.Critically engaging social science research and theory, The Reciprocating Self offers an integrated approach that provides insight helpful to college and seminary students as well as those serving in the helping professions. Those preparing for or currently engaged in Christian ministry will be especially rewarded by the in-depth discussion of the implications for moral and faith development nurtured in the context of the life of the church.

Jack O. Balswick (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is senior professor of sociology and family development at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has twice received an American Senior Fulbright Scholar Fellowship. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Relations, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and Review of Religious Research. He has authored or coauthored articles in over seventy professional publications and has presented papers at conferences around the world. He is author or coauthor of seventeen books, including Men at the Crossroads, The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home, The Gift of Gender, Social Problems: A Christian Understanding and Response, Relationship-Empowerment Parenting, Authentic Human Sexuality, The Reciprocating Self: Human Development in Theological Perspective and A Model for Marriage: Covenant, Grace, Empowerment and Intimacy.

Kevin S. Reimer (Ph.D., Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary) is dean and professor of psychology at Fresno Pacific University. Reimer did his postdoctoral fellowship in moral psychology with Lawrence J. Walker at the University of British Columbia. He is published in the areas of cognitive, developmental and personality psychology. He has received research grants from the Fetzer Institute and the John Templeton Foundation and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA.

Preface
Toward an Integrated Model of Human Development
The Developmental Dilemma
The Reciprocating Self: A Trinitarian Analogy of Being and Becoming
Reciprocating Relationships
The Reciprocating Self and Developmental Theory
The Reciprocating Self in Social Context
Life-Span Stages
Infancy: The Emergence of the Reciprocating Self
Childhood: The Reciprocating Self Goes to School
Adolescence: More Reciprocity Than You Think
Emerging Adulthood and Young Adulthood: The Solidifying of the Reciprocating Self1
Middle Adulthood: The Generativity of the Reciprocating Self1
Late Adulthood: The Senescing of the Reciprocating Self
Building the Scaffold: Applications for Ministry1
Special Issues in Human Development: Morality1
Differentiated Faith: Spiritual and Religious Development1
Turning Steeples into Scaffolds: The Reciprocating Religious Community
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Bibliography
Names Index
Subject Index

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