The Handbook of Solitude: Psychological Perspectives on Social Isolation, Social Withdrawal, and Being Alone

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This reference work offers a comprehensive compilation of current psychological research related to the construct of solitude
  • Explores numerous psychological perspectives on solitude, including those from developmental, neuropsychological, social, personality, and clinical psychology
  • Examines different developmental periods across the lifespan, and across a broad range of contexts, including natural environments, college campuses, relationships, meditation, and cyberspace
  • Includes contributions from the leading international experts in the field
  • Covers concepts and theoretical approaches, empirical research, as well as clinical applications
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About the author

Robert J. Coplan is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University and Director of the Pickering Centre for Research in Human Development. Dr. Coplan is co-editor of The Development of Shyness and Social Withdrawal (2010), and Social Development in Childhood and Adolescence: A Contemporary Reader (2011), and a former editor of the journal, Social Development.

Julie C. Bowker is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Her research program focuses on the roles that close interpersonal relationships play in socio-emotional development and psychopathology during late childhood and early adolescence.

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Dec 2, 2013
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Pages
608
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ISBN
9781118427385
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Language
English
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Genres
Psychology / Developmental / General
Psychology / General
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