Social Structure and Aging: Psychological Processes

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1988-11-01
  • Publisher: Psychology Pres

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This volume presents a systematic examination of the impact of social structures on individual behaviors and on their development in adulthood and old age. These papers and responses attempt to improve the reciprocal relationship between changes in social macro- and micro-structures and the process of psychological development in relation to issues of human aging. Using and combining concepts and data from various fields, this research promotes a better understanding of the effects of demographic patterns and social structures on the psychological development of adults.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. xi
Foreword: Why This Book?p. xiii
Introduction: Social Structure and Behaviorp. 1
Referencesp. 9
Demographic Factors and Adult Psychological Developmentp. 11
Referencesp. 32
Discussion of ""Demographic Factors and Adult Psychological Development""p. 35
Referencesp. 39
""What Develops in Adulthood?"": a Developmentalist's Response to Atchley's Demographic Viewp. 41
Referencesp. 54
Behavior-Relevant Ecological Factorsp. 57
Referencesp. 76
Adaptation and the Aging Humanp. 79
Youthful Designs for Research on Aging: a Response to Lawton's Theoretical Challengep. 85
Referencesp. 92
Cohort Differences in Cognitive Aging: a Sample Casep. 95
Referencesp. 111
Acknowledgmentp. 111
Knowledge-Derived Competencep. 113
Referencesp. 120
Training-Controlled Social Structure?p. 121
Referencesp. 128
Social Structure Effects and Experimental Situations: Mutual Lessons of Cognitive and Social Sciencep. 129
Acknowledgementsp. 144
Referencesp. 145
Social Structure as a Determinant of Environmental Experiencep. 149
Referencesp. 153
Cognitive Socialization Across the Life Span: Comments on Schooler!'s Chapterp. 155
Referencesp. 164
Personality and Aging at the Crossroads: Beyond Stability Versus Changep. 167
Referencesp. 186
Comments on Lachman's ""Personality and Aging at the Crossroads""p. 191
Referencesp. 198
Comments on Lachman's ""Personality and Aging at the Crossroads""p. 199
Referencesp. 205
A Life-Course Approach to Gender, Aging, and Intergenerational Relationsp. 207
Acknowledgmentp. 234
Social Structure and Interpersonal Relations: a Discussion of Alice Rossi's Chapterp. 237
Referencesp. 243
Afterwordp. 245
Author Indexp. 249
Subject Indexp. 255
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