Life-Span and Change in a Gerontological Perspective

Life-Span and Change in a Gerontological Perspective

1st Edition - January 1, 1985

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  • Editors: Joep M. A. Munnichs, Paul Mussen, Erhard Olbrich
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483271934

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Life-Span and Change in a Gerontological Perspective provides a critical evaluation of different methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of behavioral development in a life-span perspective. This book addresses the need for more integrated knowledge in the field of gerontological and life-span psychology. Organized into three parts encompassing 12 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the most significant longitudinal studies in a life-span perspective. This text then examines the developmental research in adulthood and old age, which provide insights into processes specific to the later periods of the life span and theoretical conceptualizations of development and its determinants during the whole life-span. Other chapters consider the connection between the age of longitudinal studies and the theory used implicitly. This book discusses as well data on the intelligence of the elderly. The final chapter deals with the problems and processes involving family networks and aging. This book is a valuable resource for psychologists, social scientists, and gerontologists.

Table of Contents


  • Contributors

    Foreword

    Acknowledgments

    I Introduction

    1 Life-Span and Change in a Gerontological Perspective: An Outline

    Introduction

    Types of Studies

    Approaches in Life-Span Research

    Classification of Contributions

    Discussion and Tentative Conclusions

    References

    II Empirical Studies

    A. Trait-Oriented Studies

    Introduction

    Reference

    2 Common Personality Dimensions or Common Organizations Across the Life-Span

    Introduction

    Method

    Results

    Discussion

    References

    3 Early Adult Antecedents of Life Satisfaction at Age 70

    Introduction

    Methods

    Results

    Discussion

    References

    4 Intellectual Development in a Longitudinal Perspective

    From Theory of Intelligence to a Developmental View

    From Developmental Theory to a Testable Model

    Consequences for the Developmental View of Psychometric Intelligence

    Acknowledgments

    References

    B. Process-Centered Studies

    Introduction

    References

    5 Old and Female: Psychosocial Concomitants of the Aging Process in a Group of Older Women

    Introduction: Data from the Bonn Longitudinal Study on Aging

    Controversial Issues on the Object of Research: Women in Old Age

    Implications for Our Own Research

    The Current Study

    Summary

    Conclusion

    References

    6 Perceived Unchangeability of Life and Some Biographical Correlates

    Introduction

    Methods

    Results

    Summary and Interpretation

    References

    7 Coping and Development in the Later Years: A Process-Oriented Approach to Personality and Development

    Trait-Centered and Process-Oriented Approaches to the Study of Personality Development

    Coping and Its Relevance for Development: Concept and Theory

    Coping and Aging: Theory

    Coping and Aging: Results from the Bonn Longitudinal Study on Aging

    Conclusions

    References

    III Social, Intergenerational, and Theoretical Studies

    Introduction

    References

    8 The Development of Adult Development: Recollections and Reflections

    Introduction

    Three Studies and Three Issues

    References

    9 The Interweaving of Societal and Personal Change in Adulthood

    Societal Change and Change in Individuals

    Transitions and Stress: A Paradigm for Change

    Societal and Personal Change Revisited

    References

    10 Elders and the Extended Family System:Health, Family, Salience, and Affect

    Introduction

    Family Communication and Helping Patterns

    Affect

    Health and Happiness

    Family Connectedness

    Generations

    Focus of Present Study

    Subjects

    Interview Protocols

    Coding

    Data Analysis

    Findings

    Summary

    References

    11 The Study of Psychosocial Change in Late Life: Some Conceptual and Methodological Issues

    The Nature of Change in Late Life

    The Interrelationship of Psychological and Social Change in Old Age

    The Concept of Development

    Qualitative versus Quantitative Research in Psychosocial Adjustment

    The Importance of Life History to an Understanding of Later Life Adjustment

    Summary and Conclusions

    References

    12 The Family Support Cycle: Psychosocial Issues in the Aging Family

    Introduction

    The Negotiation of Change and Continuity

    Competence and Breakdown

    Intervention and Competence Restoration

    Summary

    References

    Author Index

    Subject Index


Product details

  • No. of pages: 306
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1985
  • Published: January 1, 1985
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483271934

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Joep M. A. Munnichs

Paul Mussen

Erhard Olbrich

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