The Social Psychology of Aging: A Cognitive Perspective

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The Social Psychology of Aging: A Cognitive Perspective by Michael W. Pratt, Joan E. Norris

How does the patterning of adults' social relationships and thinking change with age? Why do some older adults negotiate later life transitions more effectively than others? The Social Psychology of Aging considers these and other questions in an accessible and comprehensive study of the psychosocial aspects of aging.

Michael Pratt and Joan Norris consider the social psychology of aging in the context of three themes. First, the process of aging must be considered within a lifespan perspective. Second, there is a great deal of diversity among older people in their adaptation to aging in social contexts. Third, social interaction and social support have a significant impact upon the way in which adults age.

The Social Psychology of Aging explores the ways in which older people construct the social worlds they inhabit and how they cope in them, using m any real-life examples. The book helps us understand how older adults think about and experience themselves and others, relationships, and the social problems of everyday living. Throughout, the authors draw on the latest research by social and developmental psychologists and gerentologists, and point out implications for policy and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557864925
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/12/1994
Series: Understanding Aging Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael W. Pratt is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.

Joan E. Norris is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.

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