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Handbook of the Psychology of Aging - 7th Edition - ISBN: 9780123808820, 9780123808837

Handbook of the Psychology of Aging

7th Edition

Editors: K. Schaie Sherry Willis
Paperback ISBN: 9780123808820
eBook ISBN: 9780123808837
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 16th November 2010
Page Count: 434
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Table of Contents

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


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.

Key Features

  • Contains all the main areas of psychological gerontological research in one volume
  • Entire section on neuroscience and aging
  • Begins with a section on theory and methods
  • Edited by one of the father of gerontology (Schaie) and contributors represent top scholars in gerontology


Researchers and students in gerontology


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"I particularly liked the section that looks at incomplete data and attrition, as the authors provide ways of resolving these issues…Overall, the handbook aims to provide a foundation for an understanding of the issues of ageing for both the individual and the wider society and it achieves this through the wide range of topics covered." --Ageing and Society, May 2013

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About the Editors

K. Schaie

K. Warner Schaie holds an appointment as affiliate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He is also the Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Washington, an honorary Dr. Phil. from the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany, and an honorary Sc.D. degree from West Virginia University. He received the Kleemeier Award for Distinguished Research Contributions and the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award from the Gerontological Society of America, the MENSA lifetime career award, and the Distinguished Scientific Contributions award from the American Psychological Association. He is a past president of the APA Division of Adult Development and Aging and currently represents that Division on the APA Council of Representatives. He is author or editor of more than 60 books including the textbook Adult Development and Aging (5th edition, with S.L. Willis) and of all previous editions of the Handbook of the Psychology of Aging (with J.E. Birren or S.L. Willis). He has directed the Seattle Longitudinal Study of cognitive aging since 1956 and is the author of more than 300 journal articles and chapters on the psychology of aging. His current research interest is in the life course of adult intelligence, its antecedents and modifiability, the impact of cognitive behavior in midlife upon the integrity of brain structures in old age, the early detection of risk for dementia, as well as methodological issues in the developmental sciences.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Sherry Willis

Affiliations and Expertise

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, U.S.A.