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The field of gerontology has often been criticized for being "data-rich but theory-poor." The editors of this book address this issue by stressing the importance of theory in gerontology. While the previous edition focused on multidisciplinary approaches to aging theory, this new edition provides cross-disciplinary, integrative explanations of aging theory: The contributors of this text have reached beyond ...
The field of gerontology has often been criticized for being "data-rich but theory-poor." The editors of this book address this issue by stressing the importance of theory in gerontology. While the previous edition focused on multidisciplinary approaches to aging theory, this new edition provides cross-disciplinary, integrative explanations of aging theory: The contributors of this text have reached beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries to partner with researchers in adjacent fields in studying aging and age-related phenomena.
This edition of the Handbook consists of 39 chapters written by 67 internationally recognized experts in the field of aging. It is organized in seven sections, reflecting the major theoretical developments in gerontology over the past 10 years.
Required reading for graduate students and post doctoral fellows, this textbook represents the current status of theoretical development in the study of aging.
The book contains black-and-white illustrations.
|Sect. I||Bases of Theory-Building in Aging|
|1||Are Theories of Aging Important? Models and Explanations in Gerontology at the Turn of the Century||3|
|2||Historical Development of Theories of Aging||21|
|3||Elements of a Narrative Gerontology||40|
|4||On Reestablishing the Phenomenon and Specifying Ignorance: Theory Development and Research Design in Aging||59|
|Sect. II||Biological and Biomedical Concepts and Theories of Aging|
|5||Stress Theories of Aging||81|
|6||Biological Theories of Senescence||98|
|7||Theories of Neuropsychology and Aging||113|
|8||The Role of Aging Processes in Aging-Dependent Diseases||133|
|Sect. III||Psychological Concepts and Theories of Aging|
|9||Multilevel and Systemic Analyses of Old Age: Theoretical and Empirical Evidence for a Fourth Age||153|
|10||Theories of Everyday Competence and Aging||174|
|11||Theories of Cognition||196|
|12||Social-Psychological Theories and Their Applications to Aging: From Individual to Collective||209|
|13||The Self-Concept in Life Span and Aging Research||227|
|14||Emotions in Adulthood||253|
|Sect. IV||Social Science Concepts and Theories of Aging|
|15||Anthropological Theories of Age and Aging||271|
|16||Constructionist Perspectives on Aging||287|
|17||Paths of the Life Course: A Typology||306|
|18||The Aging and Society Paradigm||327|
|19||The Political Economy Perspective in Aging||344|
|Sect. V||Applications and Potentials for Theories of Aging|
|20||Public Policy and Theories of Aging: Constructing and Reconstructing Old Age||361|
|21||Applying Theories of Aging to Gerontological Practice Through Teaching and Research||379|
|22||A Good Old Age: Paradox or Possibility||396|
|23||On the Dynamics of Development and Aging||417|
|24||Analyzing Social Theories of Aging||434|
|25||Theories of Aging: A Personal Perspective||459|