Continuity and Adaptation in Aging: Creating Positive Experiences

Continuity and Adaptation in Aging: Creating Positive Experiences

by Robert C. Atchley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801866326
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert C. Atchley is a professor and chair of the Department of Gerontology at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

Table of Contents




Continuity Theory

How Did Continuity Theory Arise?

Continuity Theory as Theory

Elements of Continuity Theory

Development versus Aging in Later Adulthood

Case Examples

Internal Continuity

Continuity of the Self


Emotional Resilience

Personal Goals

Beliefs about the Effects of Retirement


External Continuity

Living Arrangements, Household Composition,and Marital Status

Income Adequacy

Modes of Transportation

Patterns of Activity: Stability, Continuity, and Change over Time

How Activities Fit Together to Form



Adaptive Capacity

Proactive Coping and Motivation for Continuity

How Did Respondents Cope?

Coping with Specific Changes: Retirement, Widowhood, and Functional Limitations

Functional Limitation and the Self

Patterns of Coping withFunctional Limitations

General Patterns of Adaptation

Factors Linked to Negative Outcomes in Later Life


Goals for Developmental Direction

Continuity of Personal Goals

Disposition toward Continuity

Spiritual Development

The Theory of Gerotranscendence

The Study of Goals for Developmental

Direction in Later Life


Assessing Continuity Theory

Evidence on the Assumptions and Propositions of Continuity Theory

Continuity Strategies Are Generally Effective

Methodological Issues Related to the Study of Continuity Theory

Future Research Using Continuity Theory Appendixes

A. Tables

B. The Ohio Longitudinal Study of Aging and Adaptation

C. The 1995 Study Questionnaire

D. Worksheets Used to Examine Longitudinal Patterns



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