The Social Psychology of Aging: A Cognitive Perspective (Understanding Aging : The Psychology of Adult Development)

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A review of psychological research and theory on social aspects of the experience of aging. The focus is on the adult's experience of his or her social world. It considers the ways in which meaning-making about the world may change in later life and the central role of such meaning-making in organizing the experience of social interactions and social systems for older adults' daily lives. Accessible to students and readers with only a general knowledge of psychology. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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How does the patterning of adults' social relationships and thinking change with age? Why do some older adults negotiate later life transitions more effectively than others? The Social Psychology of Aging considers these and other questions in an accessible and comprehensive study of the psychosocial aspects of aging.

Michael Pratt and Joan Norris consider the social psychology of aging in the context of three themes. First, the process of aging must be considered within a lifespan perspective. Second, there is a great deal of diversity among older people in their adaptation to aging in social contexts. Third, social interaction and social support have a significant impact upon the way in which adults age.

The Social Psychology of Aging explores the ways in which older people construct the social worlds they inhabit and how they cope in them, using m any real-life examples. The book helps us understand how older adults think about and experience themselves and others, relationships, and the social problems of everyday living. Throughout, the authors draw on the latest research by social and developmental psychologists and gerentologists, and point out implications for policy and practice.

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Michael W. Pratt is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.

Joan E. Norris is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.

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