The Aging Individual: Physical and Psychological Perspectives, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

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Continuing in the tradition of the first edition, Whitbourne’s identity process model serves to integrate the physiological with a psychological perspective. The effects of physical changes on the individual are examined in terms of identity, as well as the impact of identity on the interpretation of these changes. The preventive and compensatory steps that indiviuduals can take to offset the aging process are explored as well.

As with the first edition, a major strength of this text is the author’s illumination of complex biological concepts in a clear and accessible style. The Second Edition includes new material focusing on demographic statistics, chronic diseases, the biopsychosocial perspective, and succesful aging. This edition also features new charts, tables, and figures to highlight the text. This is an excellent text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of psychology, gerontology, and social work.

Models of identity & the aging process, the nervous system, cognitive processes, intelligence, identity & personality.

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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Psychology
With its coverage of both the biology and the psychology of aging, the volume is admirably positioned to present topics that bridge physiological and psychological systems, and some portions of the book compellingly demonstrate their exacerbatrion of aging processes, as well as the vitalizing role played by appropriate aerobic exercise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826193612
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Whitbourne obtained her PhD (1974) in Developmental Psychology form Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral training program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts (1988). Currently Psychology Departmental Honors Coordinator at UMass, she is also Faculty Advisor to the UMass Chapter of Psi Chi, a position for which she was recognized as the eastern Regional Outstanding Advisor for the year 2001 and for which she received the National Advisor/Florence Denmark Award in 2002. Her teaching has been recognized with the College Outstanding Teacher Award in 1995 and the University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Whitbourne has held a variety of elected and appointed positions in Division 20 of the American Psychology Association (APA), including President (1995-6). She is the Division 20 Representative to APA Council, and began a 3-year term as member of the APA Committee for the Structure and Function of Council in 2002. She is a Fellow of Divisions 20, 2 (teaching) and 12 (Clinical). Dr. Whitbourne is also a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and is currently serving as Chair-Elect of the Students Award Committee.

Her writings include fourteen published books and two in preparation, and nearly 100 journal articles and chapters. She has been Consulting Editor for Psychology and Aging and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontology. Her presentations at professional conferences number over 175, and include several invited addresses, among them the APA G. Stanley Hall Lecture in 1995, the EPA Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture in 2001, and the SEPA Invited Lecture in 2002.

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Table of Contents

• Models of Identity and the Aging Process
• Who Are the Aged?
• How Aging is Studied
• Aging of Appearances and Mobility
• Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
• Physiological Control Systems I: Digestive, Excretory and Endocrine Systems
• Physiological Control Systems II: Reproductive, Autonomic, and Immune Systems
• Dementia and Normal Age Changes in the Brain
• Chronic Diseases and Health
• Sensory and Perceptual Processes
• Concluding Observations: Identity and the Biopsychosocial Perspective Revisited

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