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Social Gerontology Today An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0195330137
ISBN-13: 9780195330137
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Description: This comprehensive text combines sound pedagogy with cutting-edge research issues. Coverage includes the major social, psychological, and biological perspectives on aging and old age. Rather than taking a purely problem-oriented focus, esteemed  More...

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Book details

List price: $155.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/15/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 508
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

This comprehensive text combines sound pedagogy with cutting-edge research issues. Coverage includes the major social, psychological, and biological perspectives on aging and old age. Rather than taking a purely problem-oriented focus, esteemed social gerontologist Elizabeth W. Markson presents both the positive and negative aspects of the aging process. Social Gerontology Today features: * A richly illustrated two-color text format. * A fresh, informal writing style that will engage and sustain student interest, blending facts with lived experiences of the phenomena. * Gender, race, ethnicity, social class, and birth cohort issues integrated throughout the text. * Current data and research to dispel myths about aging and later life. * Bridges the gap between the historical foundations of aging and the current political climate. * Policies and practices in other societies, providing students with a global perspective. * Afterword written by Stephen J. Cutler. The text is divided into four parts, each developing a major gerontological theme. Part I provides a definition and overview of the study of social gerontology--how it is studied, demographic and social characteristics of the elderly, and social theories about aging. Part II focuses on biological theories of aging, personality and cognition, mental health, and illness. Part III examines family and social relationships, sexuality and intimacy, work, retirement, leisure, economic security, public policy, politics, elders in the health care system, death/dying, and bereavement. In Part IV, Stephen J. Cutler's Afterword spotlights aging trends for the future. At the end of each chapter, students will find the following resources: listings of readily available motion pictures on the particular topic discussed, a listing of relevant and reliable websites, research articles that explore topics in greater depth, and recommended supplemental readings.

Understanding Aging as a Social Process
The Emergence of Gerontology
The Social Construction of Age
Gerontology as a Field of Study
Research for Whom?
Doing Social Gerontology Research
The Logic of Scientific Inquiry
Building Blocks of Science
Types of Research Studies
Basic Statistics: Crunching the Numbers
Putting It All Together: Steps in Gerontological Research
Demography, Population, and Housing: The Elderly Today and Tomorrow
Understanding Population Changes and Aging
The Demographic Transition
Characteristics of the Older Population
Living Arrangements
Social Perspectives on Aging
Was There a "Golden Age" for the Elderly?
Approaches to the Study of Aging
Theoretical Shifts
Individuals and Aging
Biological Perspectives
Biological Lifespan and Life Expectancy
Physiological Changes and Health
Illness and Recovery
Personality and Cognition
Adult Socialization
Self-Concept and Self-Esteem
Foundational Models of Personality and Development
The Discovery of Midlife and Beyond
Life Review in Late Life
The Seasons of Life Lead to Anxiety and Loss
Cognition
Cognitive Changes
Processes of "Successful Aging" Revisited
The Search for New Directions
Mental Health and Mental Illness
Views of Mental Disorders
Mental Disorders in Old Age
Dementia
Alzheimer's Disease
Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Mental Health
Aging in Society
Family Relationships and Social Bonds
Family Ties and Patterns
The Families of the Now-OldSocial Supports
Sexuality and Intimacy
Sexual Scripts
Stereotypes About Sexuality
Sexual Activities and Responsiveness
Sexual Behavior
Love and Intimacy
Work, Retirement, and Leisure
Labor Force Participation
Retirement
Sources of Retirement Pensions: Social Security and Private Pensions
Leisure and Retirement Activities
Labor Force Participation and Retirement in the Future
Economic Security, Public Policy, and Politics
Income and Expenditures in Later Life
Expenditures: Older People as Consumers
Poverty and the Distribution of Income in Later LifeThe Politics of Aging
Major Legislation Affecting Elders' Health and Economic Well-Being
A Tradition of Political Elders
Elders in the Health Care SystemWho Pays for Health Care?
Patterns of Health Care Utilization
Long-Term Care
Health Care Providers and the Elderly
Death, Dying, and Bereavement
Twentieth-Century Mortality Trends
Is There a "Right To Die"?
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Bereavement and Grief
Widowhood
Afterword
The Elderly of Tomorrow

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