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The Sandwich Generation: Caught Between Growing Children And Aging Parents

Zal, H. Michael

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ISBN 10: 0738205818 / ISBN 13: 9780738205816
Verlag: Da Capo Press, US, 2001
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Titel: The Sandwich Generation: Caught Between ...

Verlag: Da Capo Press, US

Erscheinungsdatum: 2001

Einband: Paperback


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The 50 million baby boomers now entering middle age are finding themselves in the unique struggle of coping with the demands of their growing children and their aging parents. The Sandwich Generation is an excellent examination of adults who must juggle the roles of parent, spouse, and child, while trying to maintain his or her identity. Dr. Zal uses compelling vignettes to illustrate the stages of life and the various ways three generations of a family cope with and respond to these stages. He looks at the expectations and frustrations which affect the tripartite family relationship, including, a growing child's demands for independence from parental influence; the subtle changes in relating to an adolescent as compared to a grown child living outside of the home; personal dissatisfactions resulting in midlife change; incorporating the physical, emotional, and financial needs of an aging parent into one's lifestyle. The book also covers the different mental health problems that may typically occur at specific stages, such as: search for identity in adolescence which can lead to substance abuse, eating disorders, and even suicide; college, career, and relationship choices in young adulthood which can lead to anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder; shattered dreams and expectations, menopause, adjusting to post parenthood, and facing your own mortality in midlife which can lead to depression; loss of a spouse, and sometimes dementia in old age which can lead to stress and burnout.

About the Author:

H Michael Zal, D.O., F.A.C.N., F.A.P.A., dist. has been a psychiatrist for over forty years. He is currently in private practice and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified, a Fellow of American College of Neurology and Psychiatry and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Zal is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a three year Psychiatric Fellowship sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health at the Philadelphia Mental Health Clinic and Haverford State Hospital.

He is Emeritus at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment and served as President of their Medical Staff from 1995-1997. He was Chairman of the Psychiatric Service at Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia from 1980-1990 and a member of the University Of Pennsylvania Private Practice Research Group.  

Dr. Zal received the Albert Einstein Healthcare Foundation Physicians' Award for Excellence and the Practitioner of the Year Award, from the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, for outstanding character, dedication and commitment to patient care.

He is a lecturer, medical writer and editor on mental health topics with numerous published articles to his credit. He is currently the Editor of the Journal of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. He is an award-winning author who has published numerous articles as well as three books entitled Panic Disorder: The Great Pretender and The Sandwich Generation: Caught Between Growing Children and Aging Parents. (Perseus Press); Dancing with Medusa: A Life In Psychiatry: A Memoir (AuthorHouse).

 He was the winner of the Eric W. Martin Memorial Award, presented by the American Medical Writers Association, for outstanding writing and the Frances Larson Memorial Award for excellence.

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