Handbook of Gerontology: Evidence-Based Approaches to Theory, Practice, and Policy / Edition 1

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This multidisciplinary, evidence-based overview of theories, policies, and practices gives the reader a firm ground in gerontology. Many of the contributors are world-class researchers and clinicians of gerontology.

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"...the Handbook is one of the best in providing comprehensive, thoughtful coverage of theory, practice and policy, and differentiates itself from other handbooks with its important focus on evidence-based information. The section on evidence-based practice provides highly relevant information about common clinical issues, often with the helpful inclusion of case studies and recommendations for specific interview questions and clinical measures. It fuels the type of holistic and flexible thinking that is foundational to advancing our understanding and treatment of older adults." (PsycCRITIQUES, February 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471771708
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/20/2007
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 1,309,408
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 1.77 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES A. BLACKBURN, PHD, is a Professor and former Dean of the School of Social Work at Hunter College and a former Dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, the National Council on Family Relations, the Council on Social Work Education, and the American Psychological Association.

CATHERINE N. DULMUS, PHD, is Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of the Buffalo Center for Social Research at the University of Buffalo, The State University of New York. She is coeditor of several social work journals and has authored or edited a number of books, including Essentials of Child Welfare, Handbook of Preventive Interventions for Children and Adolescents, Handbook of Preventive Interventions for Adults, and The Social Work and Human Services Treatment Planner, all published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents


About the Editors.



1 Global Aging (Karen M. Sowers and William S. Rowe).


2 Biological Aspects and Theories of Aging (Laura J. Pankow and Jeffrey M. Solotoroff).

3 Cognitive and Affective Theories of Adult Development (Bert Hayslip Jr. and Benjamin P. Chapman).

4 Personality Theories of Successful Aging (Natalie C. Ebner and Alexandra M. Freund).

5 Wisdom, Life Longings, and Optimal Development (Susanne Scheibe, Ute Kunzmann, and Paul B. Baltes).

6 Sociological Approaches to Understanding Age and Aging (Debra A. Street).


7 Health Promotion (Jill Bradshaw and Waldo C. Klein).

8 Disability (Elizabeth Lightfoot).

9 Sleep Disturbances (Mary Ann Leitz).

10 Sexuality and Intimacy (Linda J. Brock and Glen Jennings).

11 Depression (Leslie Hasche and Nancy Morrow-Howell).

12 Substance Abuse (Noell L. Rowan and Anna C. Faul).

13 Alzheimer’s Disease (Masahiro Shigeta and Akira Homma).

14 Grief and Bereavement (Robert O. Hansson, Bert Hayslip Jr., and Margaret S. Stroebe).


15 Parenting Grandchildren (Hwa-Ok Hannah Park and Jan Steven Greenberg).

16 Family Caregiving (Rhonda J. V. Montgomery, Jeannine M. Rowe, and Karl Kosloski).

17 Community- and Facility-Based Care (Gretchen E. Alkema, Kathleen H. Wilber, and Susan M. Enguidanos).

18 Elder Abuse (Patricia Brownell and Gina R. Rosich).

19 Health Decisions and Directives about the End of Life (Jay Wolfson and Rebecca Morgan).


20 Global Challenges for an Aging Population (Jeanette C. Takamura).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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