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Social Structures and Aging Individuals: Continuing Challenges / Edition 1

Social Structures and Aging Individuals: Continuing Challenges / Edition 1

by K. Warner Schaie PhD, Ronald P. Abeles PhD
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[A] useful reference book. Readers will find themselves returning to chapters again and again...


This is the 20th and final volume in the "Societal Impact on Aging" series. It focuses on what has been learned over the span of the previous volumes regarding the continuing challenges for older persons in a rapidly changing society and tries to forecast what may be the next set of issues to lie at the intersection of social structures and the individual aging process. The editors therefore invited major organizers of, and contributors to, the 19 earlier volumes to review both the accomplishments and omissions of their efforts, discuss some timely new topics, and provide guidelines for future research and theoretical explanations.

The book is divided into five broad topics: health and wellbeing, including the role of religion; personality and cognition; the impact of changes in technology and the work place; issues of socio-cultural change and historical context; and the familial and societal contexts of aging.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826124081
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/02/2008
Series: Springer Series on the Societal Impact on Aging Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

K. Warner Schaie, PhD, is the Evan Pugh Professor of Human Development and Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. He also holds an appointment as Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington. He received his PhD in psychology from the University of Washington, an honorary DrPhil from the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany, and an honorary ScD degree from West Virginia University. He received the Kleemeier Award for Distinguished Research Contributions from the Gerontological Society of America, the MENSA lifetime career award, and the Distinguished Scientific Contributions award from the American Psychological Association. He is author or editor of 54 books, many proudly published by Springer Publishing Company.

Ronald P. Abeles, PhD, is a Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research in the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health. From 1994 to 1998, he served as the Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging (BSR/NIA). Previously he served at BSR/NIA as the Deputy Associate Director (1980-1991) and Acting Associate Director (1991 to 1994). He received the National Institutes of Health Award of Merit twice for "leadership and contributions to the advancement of behavioral and social research on aging within the Federal Government and nationally" (1993) and for "exceptional leadership in advancing a program of research to understand and apply knowledge about the relationship between psychosocial factors and health" (2002).

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Table of Contents

Contributors     xiii
Preface     xvii
Why This Book?: Foreword for First Volume in Social Structure Series   Matilda White Riley     xxi
Introductory Overview     1
The Waters We Swim: Everyday Social Processes, Macrostructural Realities, and Human Aging   Dale Dannefer     3
Health and Well-Being     23
To Act or Not to Act: Using Statistics or Feelings to Reduce Disease Risk, Morbidity, and Mortality   Howard Leventhal   Tamara J. Musumeci   Elaine A. Leventhal     25
Religion, Health, and Health Behavior   Neal Krause     73
Commentary: Assessing Health Behaviors Across Individuals, Situations, and Time   David M. Almeida   Susan Turk Charles   Shevaun D. Neupert     97
Personality and Cognition     113
From Static to Dynamic: The Ongoing Dialectic About Human Development   Nilam Ram   Sylvia Morelli   Casey Lindberg   Laura L. Carstensen     115
Those Who Have, Get: Social Structure, Environmental Complexity, Intellectual Functioning, and Self-Directed Orientations in the Elderly   Carmi Schooler   Leslie J. Caplan     131
Commentary: Personality, Emotion, and Cognition   Fredda Blanchard-Fields     155
Technology and the Workplace     165
Technology as Multiplier Effect for an Aging Workforce   Neil Charness     167
No Career for You: Is That a Good or Bad Thing?   David J. Ekerdt     193
Commentary: New Employment Structures-Varieties of Impact on Aging Workers   James L. Farr   Alexander R. Schwall     213
Sociocultural Change and Historical Context     231
Aging, History, and the Course of Life: Social Structures and Cultural Meanings   Thomas Cole   W. Andrew Achenbaum   Nathan Carlin     233
Cultural Transformations, History, and the Experiences of Aging   Christine L. Fry     255
The Aging Experience, Social Change, and Television   Rukmalie Jayakody     285
Familial and Societal Context     303
Religion and Intergenerational Transmission Over Time   Vern L. Bengtson   Casey E. Copen   Norella M. Putney   Merril Silverstein     305
How Have Social Institutional Forces Shaped Family Structure and Well-Being Over the Past 50 Years?   Mark D. Hayward     335
Commentary: Marital Trends and Familial Influences-Toward Developing an Understanding of Context   Chalandra M. Bryant   Michelle L. Bragg     345
Subject Index     365
Author Index     379

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