Ageing and Development: Theories and Research / Edition 1

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With increasing numbers of people living to advanced ages, a better understanding is required of the nature and experience of aging in all its aspects. This concise book provides a detailed overview of the theories and research that explain adult development into old age. The classic accounts of theorists such as Jung and Erikson are considered, along with those of their present-day successors. The book focuses on theories of adjustment and loss, which dominate current gerontological research.
A feature of the book is the section devoted to the psychology of advanced old age, to life in states of physical and/or mental frailty, and to the survival of the self in these circumstances. This book will be of interest to undergraduate students taking courses in developmental psychology and the psychology of ageing and social gerontology as well as to postgraduate students in developmental psychology.

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Meet the Author

PETER G. COLEMAN is Professor of Psychogerontology at the University of Southampton, a joint appointment between the Schools of Psychology and Medicine.
ANN O'HANLON obtained her PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology at the University of Southampton and is now based at the Department of Psychology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Theory and Research on Ageing, Continued Development and Adaptation to Change
Part One: Normative Developmental Models of Ageing
Chapter Two: Theories of Adult Development: Midlife to Old Age
Psychodynamic theories
Jung – the midlife transition
Erikson – developmental tasks of later adulthood
Theories based on empirical investigation
Levinson - the midlife transition in men's lives
Levinson – the midlife transition in women's lives
Other social developmental theories of ageing
Disengagement, re-engagement and gerotranscendence
Chapter Three: Research on Developmental Concepts of Ageing
Measuring generativity
Generativity as a feature of mid-life
The relationship between generativity and well-being
Defining wisdom and its components
Measuring wisdom
Antecedents to wisdom: age, experience and personality
Reminiscence and Life Review
Types and functions of reminiscence
Life review, its antecedents and associations
Evaluative studies of reminiscence and life review
Part Two: Ageing and Adaptation
Chapter Four: Theories of Ageing and Adaptation
Differential ageing
Selective optimisation with compensation
Shifting between assimilation and accommodation
Socio-emotional selectivity theory
The dynamic maturational model of attachment
Chapter Five: Current Research Themes on Ageing and Adaptation
Attitudes to ageing and older adults
Beliefs for the self over time
Attitudes towards own prospective old age
Primary and secondary control strategies of adaptation
The protective role of personal relationships
Factors influencing well-being following'spousal loss
Changes in relationships over time
Relationships within a cultural context
Personal meaning and spirituality
Conceptualising spirituality, religion and meaning
Age, gender and racial differences in uses of religion and spirituality
Religion, well-being and coping in later life
Part Three: Towards a Developmental Psychology of Advanced Old Age
Chapter Six: Key Concepts in the Study of Late Life
When does advanced old age begin?
Is there a developmental psychology of late life?
The psychology of institutional care
The self in late life: accommodation and self-transcendence
Dementia: the negation of development?
Cognitive and personality change in dementia
Understanding the experience of dementia
Dementia and emotions
Chapter Seven: Current Research on Development and Adaptation in Advanced Old Age
Source of continuity of the self in late life
Evidence for stability of core self descriptors
Differences in self-definition between the young-old and old-old
Changing sources of self-esteem with age
Studies of person-environment congruence in institutional settings
Need for autonomy in residential settings
Identifying and fostering developmental features of the institutional care environment
Dementia care and attachment
Dementia, attachment and the strange situation
Developing staff attitudes towards persons with dementia
Chapter Eight: Concluding thoughts and suggestions for further reading

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