Essential Papers on the Psychology of Aging

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Essential Papers on the Psychology of Aging contains the classic papers on the period of human development that begins with young adulthood and ends with old age and death. Including material on theory and methodology; basic psychological processes; personality and social psychology; and clinical, applied, and health psychology, the volume presents the best work published in the field, from classic papers to cutting-edge research.

Contributors to the volume include P. B. Baltes, J. E. Birren, W. E. Henry, K. F. Riegel, K. W. Schaie, D. Arenberg, H. P. Bahrick, L. K. Hall, D. B. Bromley, D. M. Burke, L. L. Light, N. Charness, F. I. M. Craik, J. McDowd, J. C. Foster, G. A. Taylor, J. G. Gilbert, J. L. Horn, R. B. Cattrell, H. E. Jones, H. S. Conrad, H. C. Lehman, C. C. Miles, W. R. Miles, A. E. D. Schonfield, E. A. Robertson, K. Sward, A. T. Welford, P. T. Costa, R. R. McCrae, B. L. Frederickson, L. L. Carstensen, D. Gutmann, J. S. Jackson, L. M. Chattters, R. J. Taylor, R. Kastenbaum, N. Kogan, M. E. Lachman, G. Bavouvie-Vief, M. De Voe, D. Bulka, M. F. Lowenthal, C. Haven, R. Schulz, M. M. Baltes, S. Honn, E. M. Barton, M. Orzech, D. Lago, F. M. Carp, M. F. Elias, N. R. Schultz, M. A. Robbins, P. K. Elias, R. L. Kahn, S. H. Zarit, N. M. Hilbert, G. Niederehe, J. K. Kiecolt- Glaser, R. Glaser, E. C. Shuttleworth, C. S. Cyer, P. Ogrocki, C. E. Speicher, B. Simon, M. A. Lieberman, S. S. Tobin, V. N. Prock, G. M. McEvoy, W. F. Cascio, S. A. Murrell, S. Himmelbarb, B. L. Neugarten, R. J. Havighurst, C. D. Ryff, K. W. Schaie, S. L. Willis, F. Scogin, L. McElreth, and L. W. Thompson.

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" . . . fun and provocative to read . . ."

-Contemporary Gerontology

Contributions are divided into sections on theory, basic psychological processes, social psychology and personality, and clinical and applied issues. Specific paper topics include a general model for the study of developmental problems, the growth and decline of intelligence, concept problem solving in young and old adults, the ecology of social relationships in housing for the elderly, and the mental life of dying geriatric patients. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814751268
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Series: Essential Papers on Psychoanalysis Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,540,936
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Powell Lawton is Director Emeritus of the Philadelphia Geriatric Center and the author of a number of books on the psychology of aging.

Timothy A. Salthouse is Professor of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology and editor of the journal Psychology and Aging.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Theory
1 Toward an Experimental Psychology of Aging 7
2 A General Model for the Study of Developmental Problems 27
3 Engagement and Disengagement: Toward a Theory of Adult Development 56
4 Disengagement and Patterns of Aging 68
5 Theoretical Propositions of Life-Span Developmental Psychology: On the Dynamics between Growth and Decline 86
Pt. 2 Basic Psychological Processes
6 The Applicability of Mental Tests to Persons over Fifty Years of Age 131
7 The Growth and Decline of Intelligence: A Study of a Homogeneous Group between the Ages of Ten and Sixty 149
8 Measures of Certain Human Abilities throughout the Life Span 175
9 Influence of Speed and Age on Intelligence Scores of Adults 183
10 Age and Mental Ability in Superior Men 187
11 The Creative Production Rates of Present versus Past Generations of Scientists 223
12 Age Differences in Fluid and Crystallized Intelligence 241
13 The Seattle Longitudinal Studies of Adult Intelligence 263
14 Memory Storage and Aging 272
15 Age Differences in Recall and Recognition 282
16 Lifetime Maintenance of High School Mathematics Content 296
17 Concept Problem Solving in Young and Old Adults 325
18 Signal, Noise, Performance, and Age 333
19 Aging and Skilled Problem Solving 353
20 Effects of Age and Skill in Typing 382
Pt. 3 Social Psychology and Personality
21 Aging among the Highland Maya: A Comparative Study 431
22 Interaction and Adaptation: Intimacy As a Critical Variable 445
23 Influence of Extraversion and Neuroticism on Subjective Well-Being: Happy and Unhappy People 463
24 Speaking about Feelings: Conceptions of Emotion across the Life Span 481
25 Choosing Social Partners: How Old Age and Anticipated Endings Make People More Selective 511
26 Attitudes toward Old People in an Older Sample 539
27 Effects of Control and Predictability on the Physical and Psychological Well-Being of the Institutionalized Aged 550
28 Locus of Control in Aging Research: A Case for Multidimensional and Domain-Specific Assessment 570
29 Status and Functioning of Future Cohorts of African-American Elderly: Conclusions and Speculations 588
Pt. 4 Clinical and Applied Issues
30 The Measurement of Life Satisfaction 613
31 Short-Term and Long-Term Prediction of Adjustment to a New Environment 634
32 The Ecology of Social Relationships in Housing for the Elderly 653
33 Memory Complaint and Impairment in the Aged: The Effect of Depression and Altered Brain Function 669
34 Can Decline in Adult Intellectual Functioning Be Reversed? 682
35 Chronic Stress and Immunity in Family Caregivers of Alzheimer's Disease Victims 704
36 The Effects of Late-Life Spousal Bereavement over a Thirty-Month Interval 722
37 Psychological Effects of Institutionalization 739
38 On the Social Ecology of Dependence and Independence in Elderly Nursing Home Residents: A Replication and Extension 760
39 The Mental Life of Dying Geriatric Patients 775
Index 785
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