Handbook of the Psychology of Aging

Edited by

  • K Warner Schaie, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Sherry Willis, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, U.S.A.

The Handbook of the Psychology of Aging, Seventh Edition, provides a basic reference source on the behavioral processes of aging for researchers, graduate students, and professionals. It also provides perspectives on the behavioral science of aging for researchers and professionals from other disciplines. The book is organized into four parts. Part 1 reviews key methodological and analytical issues in aging research. It examines some of the major historical influences that might provide explanatory mechanisms for a better understanding of cohort and period differences in psychological aging processes. Part 2 includes chapters that discuss the basics and nuances of executive function; the history of the morphometric research on normal brain aging; and the neural changes that occur in the brain with aging. Part 3 deals with the social and health aspects of aging. It covers the beliefs that individuals have about how much they can control various outcomes in their life; the impact of stress on health and aging; and the interrelationships between health disparities, social class, and aging. Part 4 discusses the emotional aspects of aging; family caregiving; and mental disorders and legal capacities in older adults.
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Researchers and students in gerontology.


Book information

  • Published: November 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-380882-0

Table of Contents




About the Editors

Part 1: Concepts, Theory, and Methods in the Psychology of Aging

1. Enduring Theoretical Themes in Psychological Aging: Derivation, Functions, Perspectives, and Opportunities

2. Methodological and Analytical Issues in the Psychology of Aging

3. Historical Influences on Aging and Behavior

Part 2: Neuroscience, Cognition and Aging

4. Executive Function and Cognitive Aging

5. The Cognitive Consequences of Structural Changes to the Aging Brain

6. Behavior Genetics of Aging

7. Neuroplasticity, Aging, and Cognitive Function

8. Memory Changes and the Aging Brain: A Multimodal Imaging Approach

9. Age Differences in Complex Decision Making

10. Cognitive Interventions

Part 3: Social and Health Factors that Impact Aging

11. The Relevance of Control Beliefs for Health and Aging

12. The Speedometer of Life: Stress, Health and Aging

13. Health Disparities, Social Class, and Aging

14. Relationships between Adults and their Aging Parents

15. Intergenerational Communication Practices

16. Age Stereotypes and Aging

17. Aging in the Work Context

18. Wisdom, Age, and Well-Being

Part 4: Complex Behavioral Processes and Psychopathology of Aging

19. Emotional Experience and Regulation in Later Life

20. Psychopathology, Bereavement, and Aging

21. Assessment of Emotional and Personality Disorders in Older Adults

22. Neuropsychological Assessment of the Dementias of Late Life

23. Family Caregiving for Cognitively or Physically Frail Older Adults: Theory, Research, and Practice

24. Decision Making Capacity

Author Index

Subject Index