Handbook of the Psychology of Aging

7th Edition

Print ISBN: 9780123808820
eBook ISBN: 9780123808837
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 16th November 2010
Page Count: 434
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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.

Table of Contents

Contributors Foreword Preface 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


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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 & Society, May 2013