Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Hardcover | February 1, 1999

EditorJohn C. Cavanaugh, Susan Krauss Whitbourne

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As the baby boom generation ages, the number of older adults continues to increase at a dramatic rate. This trend has created a need for well-educated professionals in the rapidly expanding fields of psychology, social work, health care, education, public administration and policy, and humanservices. Because of this, the growth of courses in gerontology has created a demand for appropriate textbooks, particularly at the graduate level. Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective provides a thorough and broad-based survey of the current knowledge base and is the first gerontology text aimed at the graduate level. The authors of each chapter are leading experts in their respective fields. Topics covered include: theory;methodology; physiological processes; health; culture and ethnicity; dying and bereavement; basic cognitive processes; intellectual abilities; personality; assessment; mental health and intervention; caregiving; work, retirement and leisure; competency and nursing homes; and public policy issues.Each chapter reflects current trends and emerging issues, as well as a firm grounding in previous research and theory, and includes review questions and a list of additional references. The interdisciplinary nature of the text clearly reflects the state of the field and emphasizes the need to take abroader view of age-related phenomena. Ideal for master's level students in gerontology, psychology, sociology, nursing, geriatrics, and related disciplines, Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective can also serve as a core text in appropriate advanced undergraduate courses.

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As the baby boom generation ages, the number of older adults continues to increase at a dramatic rate. This trend has created a need for well-educated professionals in the rapidly expanding fields of psychology, social work, health care, education, public administration and policy, and humanservices. Because of this, the growth of cour...

John C. Cavanaugh is at University of Delaware. Susan Krauss Whitbourne is at University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195115465

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Table of Contents

1. John C. Cavanaugh: Theories of Aging in the Biological, Behavioral, and Social Sciences2. John C. Cavanaugh and Susan Krauss Whitbourne: Research Methods3. Mark R. Luborsky and Carmit Kurn McMullen: Culture and Aging4. Susan Krauss Whitbourne: Physical Changes5. Carolyn M. Aldwin and Diane F. Gilmer: Immunity, Disease Processes, and Optimal Aging6. Robert Kastenbaum: Dying and Bereavement7. Elizabeth A.L. Stine-Morrow and Lisa M. Soederberg Miller: Basic Cognitive Processes8. Roger A. Dixon and David F. Hultsch: Intelligence and Cognitive Potential in Later Life9. Gisela Labouvie-Vief and Manfred Diehl: Self and Personality Development10. Barry Edelstein and Kimberly Kalish: Clinical Assessment of Older Adults11. Sara Honn Qualls: Mental Health and Mental Disorders in Older Adults12. Mary Ann Parris Stephens and Melissa M. Franks: Intergenerational Relationships in Later-Life Families: Adult Daughters and Sons as Caregivers to Aging Parents13. Harvey L. Sterns and Jennifer Hurd Gray: Work, Leisure, and Retirement14. Michael A. Smyer and Rebecca Allen-Burge: Older Adults Decision-Making Capacity: Institutional Settings and Individual Choices15. Robert H. Binstock Index: Public Policy Issues

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"The editors are to be congratulated on a concise and complete volume." --Annals of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada