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Communicating Hope and Resilience Across the Lifespan


Gary A. Beck and Thomas Socha

From serious illness to natural disasters, humans turn to communication as a major source of strength to help us bounce back and to keep growing and thriving.
Communicating Hope and Resilience Across the Lifespan addresses the various ways in which communication plays an important role in fostering hope and resilience. Adopting a lifespan approach and offering a new framework to expand our understanding of the concepts of «hope» and «resilience» from a communication perspective, contributors highlight the variety of «stressors» that people may encounter in their lives. They examine connections between the cognitive dimensions of hope such as self-worth, self-efficacy, and creative problem solving. They look at the variety of messages that can facilitate or inhibit experiencing hope in relationships, groups, and organizations. Other contributors look at how communication that can build strengths, enhance preparation, and model successful adaptation to change has the potential to lessen the negative impact of stress, demonstrating resilience.
As an important counterpoint to recent work focusing on what goes wrong in interpersonal relationships, communication that has the potential to uplift and facilitate responses to stressful circumstances is emphasized throughout this volume. By offering a detailed examination of how to communicate hope and resilience, this book presents practical lessons for individuals, marriages, families, relationship experts, as well as a variety of other practitioners.
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Chapter Seven. Employment Transitions in the Aftermath of Economic Collapse: Emerging and Older Adults


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Employment Transitions in the Aftermath of Economic Collapse:Emerging and Older Adults

Gary A. Beck Ashley M. Poole Lisa M. Ponche Old Dominion University

An especially relevant problem for working-age populations around the globe is the turbulent nature of worldwide economic markets and the related lack of employment opportunities. In a recent case of art imitating life, The Internship (2013) is on the surface a dubious big-screen example of these larger economic issues affecting two unique subgroups across the lifespan. After all, the movie stars comedic actors Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as ever-goofy, crude, but also lovable salespeople scrambling for a new break after their sales careers become obsolete. Presented limited and undesirable opportunities on the job market, the two take a chance at a competitive internship at Google, the preeminent technology company of the early 2010s.

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