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Schlossberg's Transition Theory
Transcript of Schlossberg's Transition Theory
Jen Plymate and Caitlyn Walsh
Currently working at the University of Maryland
Undergraduate graduate of Bernard College
Doctorate from Teacher's College, Columbia University
Has won awards from ACPA and NASPA
Has written 10 books
History of the Time Period
Lots of drug use
Ronald Reagan was President
Females in politics and workplace
Changing family structure
Why was the
Facilitate an understanding of adults in transition
Aid adults in connecting them to the help they need
Cope with "ordinary and extraordinary process of living"
Lowenthal and Chiriboga
History of the Theory
First concept published in 1981
1st edition: Based on Wayne State study
2nd edition: Counselors and recommendations
3rd edition: Affirmed model
4th Addition: New evolving theories and applications
Based on what an individual considers a transition
Any event, or non-event, that results in changed relationships, routines, assumptions, and roles
From preoccupation to integration
Growth or decline?
Assets or Liabilities?
Series of phases
Based on adults
Strong in theory to practice
No formal assessment tools
Easily applicable to all cultures
Minimal studies support validity
Wayne State University
All male students
35 or older
During the 1967-68 academic year
1. 2 page questionnaire- sent to 420 men
2. Interviewed 8 men in a group
3. Counselors met with 2 panels of 8 men each
Aid in managing
inhibition of action
Personal and demographic characteristics
Affects the view of the individual
Aids to coping
College students should be viewed as "adults"
Applicable to all students
Examples of transitions
Student with disabilities
Adult learners and non-traditional students
Athlete being hurt
Graduating from college
Jen- JCTC ULtra
Caitlyn- UofL Career Development Center
Apply to your experiences
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