Psychology of Aging Theory, Research, and Interventions

ISBN-10: 0534359124
ISBN-13: 9780534359126
Edition: 3rd 1999 (Revised)
Authors: Janet K. Belsky
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List price: $321.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 9/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

This pioneering text is the only book to comprehensively explore both research and practice in the psychology of aging and to bring home the actual aging experience through the use of innovative narrative accounts. Because she limits coverage to the older years, Janet Belsky's text is able to offer an in-depth portrait of all aspects of the field--from traditional research, to concrete applications, to the crucial issues we as a society face as our population ages. With chapters constructed to unfold like a novel, this third edition of THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING genuinely integrates the field, highlighting the interconnections between concepts, research, and applications. These interconnections offer students a sense of an evolving, coherent discipline. The book is carefully planned to bring home how research applies to real lives. Belsky skillfully uses personal examples to highlight how concepts apply to people, and goes beyond the research to conduct her own interviews with aging professionals and older adults. Scholarly, research-oriented, and intellectually stimulating, THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING, offers a rare, inside glimpse into the field of aging and the aging experience as it is actually lived.

The Framework
The People And The Field
Stereotypes and the New Senior Citizen
A Demographic Perspective on the People
An Age Revolution
A Revolution in Social Roles
Women and Later Life
Minorities and Later Life
A Historical Perspective On The Field
The Perspective and Plan of this Book
Key Terms
Recommended Readings
Theories and Research Methods
Age-Irrelevant Theories
A Behavioral Perspective on Aging
A Psychoanalytical Perspective on Aging
A Behavioral Genetic Perspective on Aging
Age-Change Theories
Tasks linked to Age: Erik Erikson''s Psychosocial Crises
A Single Shift in Midlife: Carl Jung''s Passage toward Maturity
Adapting to Development and Decline: Paul Baltes''s Selective Optimization with Compensation
Synthesizing the Perspectives: The Contextualist
Life-Span Developmental Approach
Research Methods
Cross-sectional Studies
Longitudinal Studies
Sequential Studies
Evaluating Any Research
Getting Much Bigger and on Occasion Much Smaller: A Final Note on Current Research Trends
Key Terms
Recommended Readings
The Physical Dimension
Normal Aging and Disease Prevention
An Overview of the Aging Process
Biological Theories of Aging
Random Damage Theories of Aging
Programmed Aging Theories
Extending the Maximum Life Span
Normal Aging
Two Basic Principles of Normal Aging
Impact of Normal Aging on Daily Life
The Externals: Hair and Skin
The Cardiovascular System
The Nervous System
Lifestyle, Aging and Disease
Health Practices, Social Relationships and Longevity
Emotional Stress and Illness
Interventions
Key Terms
Recommended Readings
Sensory and Motor Functioning
Vision
The Problem
The Visual System and Age-Related Decline
Interventions
Hearing
The Problem
The Auditory System and Age-Related Decline
Interventions
Taste and Smell
The Problem
Interventions
Motor Performance
The Pace of Responding
The Act of Taking Action
Specifics
A General Strategy for Enhancing Sensory-Motor Functioning in Old Age
Designing Housing for the Elderly
Modifying Public Spaces
Key Terms
Recommended Readings
Disease, Disability, and Health Care
Chronic Disease versus Disability
Is Disability the Price of a Ripe Old Age? The Disability Pathway
Gender, Socioeconomic Status, and Disability
Medical Care for Disease and Disability
Dealing with Disability
Community Options for the Disabled
Nursing Home Care
Key Terms
Recommended Readings
The Cognitive Dimension
Intelligence
Intelligence as Measured by Traditional Tests
Interpreting the Findings: A Two-Factor Theory of Intelligence
Unraveling the Truth about Change: The Seattle Longitudinal Study
Speed, Health, Mental Activity, Stability, and Decline
New Conceptions and Tests of Adult Intelligence
Robert Sternberg''s Tests of Practical Intelligence
Nancy Denney''s Non-Exercised and Exercised Abilities
A Neo-Piagetian Perspective on Adult Intelligence
Concluding Questions and Criticisms
Specifics: Intelligence in Action
Wisdom
Creative Achievements
Interventions
Improving Performance on I.Q
Tests
Enhancing Wisdom
Key Terms
Recommended Readings
Memory and Dementia
Memory
The Tests and the Findings
An Information-Processing Perspective on Memory
A Memory Systems Perspective on Memory
Measuring Everyday Memory
Memory for the Future and Memory of the Past
Interventions
Dementia
The Demography of Dementia
Vascular Dementia
Alzheimer''s Disease
Interventions
Key Terms
Recommended
The Emotional Dimension
Personality
Setting the Stage
Personal Conceptions about Change
Problems of Measuring Change
The Great Consistency
Change Debate
Focus on Change: The Kansas City Studies of Adult Life
Focus on Stability: Costa and McCrae''s Big Five Traits
Focus on Change: Exploring Life-Stories, Goals, Priorities, and Hopes
Do We Grow More Mature with Age? Old Age: Season of Stress or Period of Peace? Interventions
Key Terms
Recommended Readings
Psychopathology
The Problems
Scope and Age Patterns
Specific Disorders
Alcoholism
Phobias
Depression
Biological Approaches to Mental Health
Older Adults and the Mental Health System
Interventions
The Diagnostic Evaluation
Chemotherapy
Psychotherapy
Too Little Mental Health Care in Long Term Care
Key Terms
Recommended Readings
The Social Dimension
The Older Family
Older Married Couples
The Positive Reality: Increasing Harmony
The Negative Possibility: Decreasing Passion
Sexuality in Later Life
The Social Framework
Age Changes in Sexual Responsiveness
Age Changes in Sexual Interest and Activity
Factors Affecting Sexuality in Middle and Later Life
Interventions
Parents and Children as Adults
Quantity versus Quality
Caring for an Ill Parent
Interventions
Grandparenthood
Varied and Flexible Grandparent Roles
Grandparent Barriers
Interventions
Key Terms
Recommended Readings
Life Transitions: Retirement aAnd Widowhood
Retirement
Setting the Context
The Drive to Retire
The Consequences: Life as a Retiree
Interventions
Old and Rich or Old and Poor? Widowhood
Setting the Context
Mourning
Life as a Widowed Person
Interventions
Old and Living Alone
Key Terms
Recommended Readings
Conclusions
Death and Dying
Death Anxiety
Predicting Death Anxiety
Life-Threatening Illness
Religious Faith
Dying
The Person
Health Care Providers
Interventions (and Ongoing Issues)
Hospice Care
Humanizing Hospital Care
Controlling the Timing of Death
Age-Based Rationing of Care
Key Terms
Recommended Readings
Epilogue
References
Indices
Credits

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