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Purpose in Life

A Critical Component of Optimal Youth Development

Authors: Cotton Bronk, Kendall

  • The only book that synthesizes, the growing body of research on the topic of purpose in life in a comprehensive manner
  • Positions the concept of purpose in life in the broader field of positive psychology
  • Highlights the critical role of purpose in optimal human functioning
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About this book

This volume integrates and makes sense of the growing body of theoretical and empirical research conducted on purpose across the lifespan.  It opens with a comprehensive yet detailed discussion of the definitions of purpose most commonly used in studies on the topic.  In addition to defining the construct, the author also discusses its philosophical roots and distinguishes it from related concepts, including meaning, goals, and ultimate concerns.  This volume discusses the disparate perspectives on the construct and addresses the tendency to position purpose in the broader frame of positive psychology.  It synthesizes distinct strands of research on purpose across the lifespan, it explores studies on the daily and longer-term experience of a purposeful existence, and it delves deeply into the wide range of measurement tools that have been used to assess the purpose construct.  Further, it examines the prevalence and forms of purpose among diverse groups of youth and discusses the developmental trajectory of the construct. Other topics discussed include the central role of purpose in supporting optimal well-being and positive youth development.  The book closes with empirically-supported steps adults, educators, and mentors can take to effectively and intentionally foster purpose among young people and makes recommendations for future research on the topic.

About the authors

Dr. Kendall Cotton Bronk is an educational psychologist interested in positive youth development and the moral growth of young people. For the past 12 years she has investigated these topics through the lens of young people’s life purposes. Her research has explored the relationship between life purposes and healthy growth, ways young people discover life purposes, and the developmental trajectory of youth with strong commitments to various life purposes. A surprising finding emerged from her longitudinal research on the topic; many of the young people with life purposes ended up becoming entrepreneurs. In order to fill a personally meaningful social need, they launched their own businesses. Consequently, Dr. Bronk’s research has more recently focused on how young business leaders develop and on the important role of humility among effective entrepreneurs.  In addition to her substantive interests, Dr. Bronk has also helped define and outline the parameters of the exemplar methodology, an approach that allows researchers to gain a view not only of typical and deficient growth, but also of exemplary development, which is critical for a full understanding of human development. Dr. Bronk teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral classes on adolescent development, lifespan development, and research methods. After graduating with a B.S. from Northwestern University, Dr. Bronk earned her doctorate from Stanford University.

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From the reviews:

“In her book Purpose in Life: A Critical Component of Optimal Youth Development, Kendall Cotton Bronk presents a review of research on the topic of purpose and highlights her own and others’ research from the Youth Purpose Project as well as many other studies on the topic. … This book will be of interest and value to graduate students and faculty who are conducting studies on the topic.” (Patricia T. Ashton and Shanee Toledano, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 59 (15), April, 2014)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction and Definition

    Bronk, Kendall Cotton

    Pages 1-19

  • Measuring Purpose

    Bronk, Kendall Cotton

    Pages 21-46

  • The Role of Purpose in Optimal Human Functioning

    Bronk, Kendall Cotton

    Pages 47-68

  • Purpose across the Lifespan

    Bronk, Kendall Cotton

    Pages 69-89

  • Origins of and Supports for Purpose

    Bronk, Kendall Cotton

    Pages 91-107

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7491-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7490-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 14, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-017-7809-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Purpose in Life
Book Subtitle
A Critical Component of Optimal Youth Development
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7491-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7491-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7490-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7809-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 175
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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