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by Debra Umberson

In the midst of the busiest years of our lives and careers, just as many of us are beginning to confront our own aging, we are likely to lose a parent--and as commonplace, even expected, as any such event may be, the reperscussions can be dramatic. This book sets out in clear and comprehensive terms what the death of a parent means to most adults--how it in fact functions as a turning point in our emotional, social, and personal lives. Drawing on her own groundbreaking research, in-depth interviews, and data collected nationwide, Debra Umberson explores the social and psychological factors that determine how this important loss will affect us--as a personal crisis or an opportunity for healthy change. Her book shows how adults, far from the "finished" beings we are often assumed to be, can be profoundly transformed by the death of a parent--in beliefs, behavior, goals, sense of self--transformed in ways that will continue to affect us, for better or worse, for the rest of our lives. Debra Umberson is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the only scholar to have published on the topic of parental death in adulthood using national data, and her resume includes 36 published articles and chapters in leading academic journals and books on family and health topics. Dr. Umberson has received many awards. She won an award for her research for Death of a Parent from FIRST Award from the National Institute on Aging. Umberson's newest research, which is also sponsored by the National Institute of Aging, focuses on how marital quality changes over the life course. Umberson is currently serving as an elected officer of both the Mental Health Section and the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association (the national professional association of sociologists in the United States). She has served as deputy editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and associate editor of the Journal of Family Issues. She is currently associate editor of Journal of Marriage and the Family.
Download Death of a Parent: Transition to a New Adult Identity epub
ISBN: 0521012961
ISBN13: 978-0521012966
Category: Medical Books
Subcategory: Medicine
Author: Debra Umberson
Language: English
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2006)
Pages: 264 pages
ePUB size: 1835 kb
FB2 size: 1861 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 694
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Well researched and well-written, this book can be extremely helpful for those who have lost parents recently or even many years ago. Real-life anecdotes are quite interesting and helpful, making the reader feel that he/she is not alone in this journey. The author unfolds this subject in a way that gently helps the reader think through his or her own specific circumstances and realize that many choices and directions are possible, and leads the reader to move forward with a plan of action or response that is suitable for that individual. This book is definitely a mainstay on my reference shelf and I have already recommended it to others because it is so well-written and helpful.
Very clinical. I bought this hoping it would provide some comfort to me but so far the book is way more clinical than I was hoping. I think it's geared more towards someone in the profession doing research or training to help people deal with their grief. It has a textbook way about it. I will continue reading it since I spent a lot of money on this book, but I may return it. It's just not as comforting of a read as I had hoped. Disappointing -- because when you're hurting, you just want something effective.
I have truly enjoyed reading this book. When my father unexpectedly and suddenly passed away, this book helped guide me through the emotions that I have been feeling. While I am a social worker, I understand the stages of grief, but this book helped me in validate my feelings. It helped me understand, and find acceptance in what I will feel the rest of my life.

Truly I recommend this book to anyone who has lost a parent.
I am a grad student in counseling and used this book for research and the development of a support group. The book is well supported in research and was beautifully written. It gave a great perspective of what a person needs during this time of transition. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is going through the death of a parent and anyone who wants to be helpful to those who have.
This book had great advice and helped me understand the feelings and emotions I was going thru after the death of both of my parents within five months of each other.
I agree with what Kristen wrote. My mother died in August of this year this book based upon research has been such a comfort to me as I go through this process of letting her go. My relationship with my mother was very complicated. I am a researcher and I found it comforting to have the information and the real life examples that I could relate to, I plan on giving this book as gifts to others. This is a topic we do not discuss in this society until one of our parents die. It needs to be discussed sooner in Life Skills classes and Human Development classes. The research is credible. So grateful for having searched Amazon and finding this book! M Kay Keller
I chose this book, because my mom just died and I needed something to get me though. It is on my bedside table and had been really great when I am upset. I recommend this to somebody who has just lost a parent to a friend of someone who lost a parent to understand what they are going through.
This has been an excellent book which I have read after the passing of my father. It has helped tremendously understanding how my family and I might be impacted. Great resource and very insightful.