Life-span Developmental Psychology

Life-span Developmental Psychology

Historical and Generational Effects

1st Edition - December 28, 1984

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  • Editor: Kathleen A. McCluskey
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288840

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Life-Span Developmental Psychology: Historical and Generational Effects provides theoretical and methodological frameworks and examples in history-graded influences on life-span development. The book is a compilation of select research papers by sociologists and psychologists in the study of the biological and environmental determinants of development. The topics discussed in the text include the historical and cohort effects; the aims, methods, and problems of research on historical constancy and change; the relationships between history-graded events and normative age-graded (ontogenetic) events; and the investigation of the developing individual in a changing world. Empirical samples of history-graded influence studies of various age cohorts from the United States and other countries are presented as well. Psychologists and sociologists will find the book very insightful.

Table of Contents


  • Contributors

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    1. Historical Time and Cohort Effects

    Introduction

    Historical Time and Cohort Effects in Psychological Data

    The Concepts of Cohort and Period Revisited

    How Do We Measure Historical Time?

    Implications for the Estimation of Age, Cohort, and Period Effects

    Summary and Conclusions

    References

    2. Dimensions of Historical Constancy and Change

    Introduction

    Dimensions of Life Events

    The New Madrid Earthquake

    Methods of Study

    Examples

    Conclusions

    References

    3. The Individual as Consumer and Producer of Historical Change

    Introduction

    A Framework for Discussion

    The Observer Outside the Observed System

    The Observer Is Part of the System

    The Observed Individual's Reflections on History

    Evaluating Our Discipline against the System of Relationships

    Conclusion

    References

    4. Simulation of Cultural Change by Cross-Cultural Research: Some Metamethodological Considerations

    Introduction

    Cross-Cultural Simulation of Sociocultural Change within Life-Span Developmental Psychology

    Conclusion

    References

    5. Culture, Language, and Mature Rationality

    Introduction

    The Relativization of Cognitive Maturity

    Philosophy and the Crisis of the Personal

    The Reintegration of Individuality in Maturity

    Conclusions

    References

    6. Social Change, World Views, and Cohort Succession: The United States in the 1980s

    Introduction

    Generational Discontinuities in Tunisia

    The Transformations of Industrialism

    A New Sense of Limits

    Distrust of Institutional Leadership

    Skepticism about Technology

    Generational Shifts in World Views

    The Rise of Environmentalism

    References

    7. Love, War, and the Life Cycle of the Family

    Introduction

    The Central Europeans

    The Turks

    The Persians

    The North Africans

    The Moslem Arabs

    The Lessons of History

    References

    8. Hardship in Lives: Depression Influences from the 1930s to Old Age in Postwar America

    Introduction

    Linking Economic Events and Health

    Depression Adversity in the Later Years

    Hard Times and Health in the 1930s

    Overview

    References

    9. Fatherhood: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

    Introduction

    Theoretical Assumptions

    In Search of a Baseline

    A Portrait of Traditional Families

    Unplanned and Planned Change: Effects on Fathering

    Unplanned Changes in Fathering

    Planned Change

    Cultural Support Systems for Fathers and Families

    Effects of Changes in Fathering on Children and Parents

    Conclusions and Future Trends

    References

    10. Grandparenthood in Transition

    Introduction

    Position of the Aged in Traditional Societies

    Changing Family Structure

    Grandparenthood

    Background

    Methodology

    Findings and Results

    Discussion and Conclusions

    References

    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 298
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1984
  • Published: December 28, 1984
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288840

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Kathleen A. McCluskey

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