- Covers a wide range of topics within adult development and aging, from theoretical perspectives to specific content areas
- Includes newly commissioned essays from the top researchers in the field
- Takes a biopsychosocial perspective, covering the biological, psychological and social changes that occur in adulthood
The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Adulthood and Agingby Whitbourne, Susan K.; Sliwinski, Martin J,
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Susan Krauss Whitbourne is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of numerous publications including Adult Development and Aging: Biopsychosocial Perspectives (4th ed., Wiley, 2011, with S. B. Whitbourne), Abnormal Psychology: Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders (6th ed., with R. P. Halgin, 2009), and The Search for Fulfillment (2010).
Martin J. Sliwinski is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and director of the Center for Healthy Aging at The Pennsylvania State University. He has written extensively on the relationship of stress and disease to health, emotional well-being, and cognitive function across the adult lifespan.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors ix
Susan Krauss Whitbourne and Martin J. Sliwinski
Part I Foundations
1 Theoretical Perspectives: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Positive Aging 3
Elliot M. Friedman and Carol D. Ryff
2 Demography of Aging: Behavioral and Social Implications 25
Susan Krauss Whitbourne and Stacey B. Whitbourne
3 Late Life: A Venue for Studying the Mechanisms by Which Contextual Factors Influence Individual Development 49
Denis Gerstorf and Nilam Ram
4 Methodological Issues in Research on Adult Development and Aging 72
Scott M. Hofer, Philippe Rast, and Andrea M. Piccinin
Part II Physical Changes and Health
5 Physical Exercise and Health 97
Leslie I. Katzel and Gregory M. Steinbrenner
6 Behavioral Stability and Change in Health Across the Adult Life Cycle 118
Ilene C. Siegler and Adam Davey
Part III Cognition
7 Processing Speed 135
Judith Dirk and Florian Schmiedek
8 Working Memory 154
David P. McCabe and Vanessa M. Loaiza
9 Memory and Aging 174
Brent J. Small, Kerri S. Rawson, Sarah Eisel, and Cathy L. McEvoy
10 Everyday Cognition 190
Jason C. Allaire
Part IV Personality
11 Personality Development in Adulthood 211
Nicky J. Newton and Abigail J. Stewart
12 Socioemotional Perspectives on Adult Development 236
Jennifer Tehan Stanley and Derek M. Isaacowitz
13 Personality and Aging: Cognitive Perspectives and Processes 254
Eileen Kranz Graham and Margie E. Lachman
Part V Abnormal Aging
14 Affective Disorders and Age: The View Through a Developmental Lens 275
Jennifer R. Piazza and Susan Turk Charles
15 Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias 293
Joshua R. Steinerman and Richard B. Lipton
16 Personality Disorders in Later Life 312
Daniel L. Segal, Richard Zweig, and Victor Molinari
17 Assessment of Older Adults 331
Christine E. Gould, Barry A. Edelstein, and Lindsay A. Gerolimatos
Part VI Social Processes
18 Self-Regulation and Social Cognition in Adulthood: The Gyroscope of Personality 357
Cory Bolkan and Karen Hooker
19 Partners and Friends in Adulthood 381
Rosemary Blieszner and Karen A. Roberto
20 Intergenerational Relationships and Aging 399
Kira S. Birditt and Elvina Wardjiman
21 Retirement: An Adult Development Perspective 416
Part VII Well-Being and Creativity
22 Effects of Remaining Time for Psychological Well-Being and Cognition 433
Boo Johansson and Anne Ingeborg Berg
23 Successful Aging 459
Colin A. Depp, Ipsit V. Vahia, and Dilip V. Jeste
24 Creative Productivity and Aging: An Age Decrement – or Not? 477
Dean Keith Simonton
Author Index 497
Subject Index 527
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