The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality

Future Orientation

Developmental and Ecological Perspectives

Authors: Seginer, Rachel

  • Examines future orientation as an aspect of positive psychology, focusing on the stages of preadolescence, adolescence, and emerging adulthood
  • Highlights the relationship between future orientation and other psychological constructs (e.g., self-esteem, loneliness, identity, and intimacy) particularly relevant to these age groups
  • Offers an ecological as well as a developmental perspective, examining the relations between family members and peer groups
  • Provides a cross-cultural perspective, presenting theoretical analysis and empirical study findings that emphasize the commonalities and differences of adolescent future orientation across cultures
  • Serves as a useful complement to developmental and educational psychology as well as counseling and parental guidance courses
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About this book

Where am I going? What do I want to do with my life? Such questions are typical of—even essential to—adolescence and continue to influence individuals throughout their lifetimes. And although human beings are capable of anticipating future events even as infants, the teen years are the peak period for weighing options and setting long-range goals. Future Orientation: Development and Ecological Perspectives synthesizes a wealth of theory and empirical data to explore future thinking as both a developmental process and an individual one.

Starting with its origins in childhood, the book identifies the forces that affect this evolution, from early interactions with parents to personality traits and self-processes. Adolescents' future orientation is analyzed by its influences—a complex network of gender expectations, family and peer relationships, and cultural variables—and is, in turn, linked to developmental outcomes at school, capacity for intimacy, and adjustment in emerging adulthood and in adult life. This unique volume:

  • Examines future orientation as an aspect of positive psychology, focusing on the stages of preadolescence, adolescence, and emerging adulthood.
  • Relates future orientation with other psychological constructs relevant to this age group, including identity and self-esteem.
  • Offers ecological and developmental perspectives to explore the effects of family members and peer groups on future thinking.
  • Compares adolescent future thinking across cultures and discusses the roles of gender and gender constructs in future orientation.
  • Complements developmental and educational psychology as well as counseling and parental guidance courses.

Given the current climate of rapid social change, Future Orientation is an invaluable reading for researchers, clinicians, and practitioners, including child and school psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, and others who work with young people during this critical juncture.  

About the authors

Professor Rachel Seginer's research focuses on the development of adolescents and emerging adults. Although her main interest in recent years has focused on future orientation in ecological perspective, her work also examines sibling relationships and parents’ educational involvement and its effect on educational outcomes. Her studies have been published in leading developmental and cross-cultural journals and edited volumes. She serves on the editorial boards of two journals: the Journal of Research on Adolescence and the Journal of Adolescent Research. Professor Seginer received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is the former Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel, where she is currently teaching developmental and adolescent development courses.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Future orientation, its antecedents, and its outcomes are the focus of Rachel Seginer’s book Future Orientation: Developmental and Ecological Perspectives. The book provides a comprehensive review of the theoretical approaches to future orientation, focusing primarily on adolescent development. … Readers … will find the book a useful reference on the topic of future orientation." (Shelia M. Kennison, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54 (45), November, 2009)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Summary, Conclusions and Future Directions for Research and Action

    Seginer, Rachel

    Pages 1-20

  • Future Orientation: A Conceptual Framework

    Seginer, Rachel

    Pages 1-27

  • The Evolvement of Future Orientation: Infancy Through Middle Childhood

    Seginer, Rachel

    Pages 29-60

  • Future Orientation in Personality Contexts

    Seginer, Rachel

    Pages 61-90

  • Future Orientation Sex Differences

    Seginer, Rachel

    Pages 91-123

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-88641-1
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-88640-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-4697-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Future Orientation
Book Subtitle
Developmental and Ecological Perspectives
Authors
Series Title
The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-88641-1
DOI
10.1007/b106810
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-88640-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4697-3
Series ISSN
1572-5642
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 258
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