The Psychology of Ageing

Edition: 5th
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2012-05-15
Publisher(s): Jessica Kingsley Pub
List Price: $45.00

Buy Used

Usually Ships in 24-48 Hours

Rent Textbook

Select for Price
There was a problem. Please try again later.

Rent Digital

Online: 1825 Days access
Downloadable: Lifetime Access

New Textbook

We're Sorry
Sold Out

This item is being sold by an Individual Seller and will not ship from the Online Bookstore's warehouse. The Seller must confirm the order within two business days. If the Seller refuses to sell or fails to confirm within this time frame, then the order is cancelled.

Please be sure to read the Description offered by the Seller.


This well-established and accessible text has been completely revised in this expanded fifth edition. Each chapter has been updated, often extensively, to reflect current thinking, and an important new chapter on death, dying and bereavement has been added. Providing a comprehensive overview of the psychological processes of ageing, the text examines what constitutes older age, and presents the latest theory and research in various domains, including ageing and memory; ageing and language; ageing, personality and lifestyle; and mental illness and ageing. Consideration is given to the problems inherent in measuring the psychological status of older people, and the author looks to the future to answer the question 'what will constitute 'being old'?' This new edition is essential reading for all those working or training to work with older people, and a key text for students.

Author Biography

Ian Stuart-Hamilton is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Glamorgan, Wales. He has over 30 years' research experience in a wide variety of psychological techniques and settings. The psychology of Ageing is now translated into 16 languages, and was awarded a British Medical Association Book of the Year award in the Geriatric Medicine section in 2008.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 11
What is Ageing?p. 15
Definitions of ageingp. 15
Prevalence of ageing - the greying populationp. 19
Prevalence of ageing - variationsp. 23
The cost of living longerp. 30
Causes of biological ageingp. 33
The ageing bodyp. 38
Neuronal changes in later lifep. 46
Suggested further readingp. 48
Measuring Intellectual Change in Later Lifep. 49
Introductionp. 49
Measuring age changes in intelligencep. 50
Fluid and crystallised intelligencep. 56
Variability in intellectual changep. 61
Wisdomp. 64
Health, intelligence and the terminal drop modelp. 66
Disuse theoryp. 69
Reaction times and the general slowing hypothesisp. 74
Brain volume and intellectual skillsp. 83
The frontal lobe hypothesisp. 85
Sensory changes and intelligencep. 86
Intelligence with everything?p. 88
Attentional deficits in ageingp. 91
Conceptual organisationp. 93
Creativity in later lifep. 96
Piagetian conservationp. 98
Summary - the bumblebee fliesp. 100
Suggested further readingp. 103
Ageing and Memoryp. 105
Introductionp. 105
Ageing and short-term memoryp. 108
Ageing and long-term memoryp. 113
Remote memoryp. 113
Eyewitness testimonyp. 115
Text recallp. 116
Semantic memoryp. 116
Episodic memoryp. 118
Implicit memoryp. 120
Autobiographical memory and ageingp. 121
Prospective memoryp. 125
Metamemory and ageingp. 129
Summary and overview - how does ageing affect memory?p. 132
Another reality checkp. 135
Suggested further readingp. 135
Ageing and Languagep. 136
Introductionp. 136
The role of reading in older people's lifestylesp. 137
Physical constraintsp. 139
General cognitive constraintsp. 142
Word recognitionp. 145
Spellingp. 148
Tip of the tongue statesp. 149
Pronunciationp. 149
Semantic processingp. 150
Syntactic processingp. 152
Story comprehensionp. 156
Neural compensationp. 163
Summaryp. 164
Suggested further readingp. 165
Ageing, Personality and Lifestylep. 166
Introductionp. 166
Trait models of personalityp. 166
Psychoanalytic and type models of personalityp. 173
Dependencyp. 179
Attitudes to ageingp. 182
Cross-cultural differencesp. 187
Retirementp. 192
Bereavementp. 197
Well-beingp. 197
Psychosocial factors and healthp. 201
Marriagep. 205
Sexuality and ageingp. 207
Disengagement and activity theoriesp. 209
The role of the familyp. 211
Religion and ageingp. 214
Summaryp. 215
Suggested further readingp. 216
Mental Health in Later Lifep. 217
Introductionp. 217
Mild cognitive impairmentp. 217
Dementiap. 219
Dementia - a summaryp. 245
Learning disabilitiesp. 246
Depressionp. 248
Anxietyp. 249
Substance abusep. 251
Personality disorderp. 256
Schizophreniap. 256
Overviewp. 257
Suggested further readingp. 258
Problems in Measuring the Psychological Status of Older Peoplep. 259
Introductionp. 259
Confounding variables and the search for 'pure' ageingp. 260
The relevance of findings to everyday lifep. 263
Unwitting ageismp. 268
Death, Dying and Bereavementp. 270
Introductionp. 270
Death awarenessp. 270
Kübler-Ross's five stages of dying modelp. 274
Palliative carep. 276
Deathp. 281
Bereavement and cultural differencesp. 284
Widowhoodp. 288
Suicidep. 290
Conclusionsp. 292
Suggested further readingp. 293
What is the Future of Ageing?p. 294
Introductionp. 294
What will constitute being 'old'?p. 294
Older people and the technological societyp. 296
Conclusionp. 301
Basic Anatomy of the Nervous Systemp. 303
The neuronp. 303
Anatomy of the nervous systemp. 304
Fluid and Crystallised Intelligencep. 306
Basic Psycholinguistic Conceptsp. 308
The Later Career of Elisabeth Kübler-Rossp. 311
Glossary of Technical Termsp. 313
Referencesp. 351
Subject Indexp. 444
Author Indexp. 448
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

An electronic version of this book is available through VitalSource.

This book is viewable on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and most smartphones.

By purchasing, you will be able to view this book online, as well as download it, for the chosen number of days.

A downloadable version of this book is available through the eCampus Reader or compatible Adobe readers.

Applications are available on iOS, Android, PC, Mac, and Windows Mobile platforms.

Please view the compatibility matrix prior to purchase.