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Adult Development and Aging: Growth, Longevity, and Challenge
Julie Hicks Patrick, Bert Hayslip Jr., and Lisa Hollis-Sawyer
Sage Publications / Softcover / 2020-08-01 / 1544361661
OPC - Ontario Psychotherapy and Counseling Program / Developmental Psychology
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Topically organized, Adult Development and Aging: Growth, Longevity and Challenges provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the aging process in adulthood from multiple perspectives. The authors use principles of lifespan development to show readers the directionality of changes in early, middle, and late adulthood. Within its framework of scientific literacy, the text charts four key themes to guide learners: a focus on aging as development; a global perspective on contexts; a vibrant, integrated approach to diverse coverage; and psychological science that translates into real-life experiences. A final chapter focuses on ways to improve the experience of aging for all adults.

Table of Contents:

Preface
Publisher’s Acknowledgments
About the Authors

Chapter 1: Studying Growth and Change Across the Life Span
Principles of Life Span Development
Generational Cohorts
The Multidimensional Nature of Age
Developmental Research Methods: Disentangling Chronological Age, Historical Period, and Generational Cohort
Theoretical Frameworks
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 2: Biological Aging, Health, and Longevity
Why Do We Age? Theories of Biological Aging
Age-Related Changes in Vison
Age-Related Changes in Audition
Age-Related Changes in Gustation
Age-Related Changes in Olfaction
Age-Related Changes in Somesthesis
Specific Chronic Health Conditions
Everyday Experience of Biological Aging
Life Expectancy and Life Span
From Theory to Application: Life Extension and Health Span
Integrating Across Topics
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 3: Cognitive Development Across Adulthood
Introduction
What Is Cognition?
Psychometric Approach
Crystallized (Gc) and Fluid (Gf) Abilities
Seattle Longitudinal Study and Primary Mental Abilities
Memory as Cognition
Information-Processing Approaches to Cognition
Noncognitive Influences on Cognitive Aging
Memory in Everyday Life
Optimizing Cognition in Adulthood
Other Frameworks Related to Cognitive Aging
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 4: Coping and Resiliency in Adulthood
Life Events as Causes of Change
Stress and Coping in Adulthood
Coping With Loss in Adulthood: An Overview
Influences on How We Cope With Loss: How Death Is Defined
The Meaning We Attach to Death and Dying Influences How We Cope With Loss
Responses to Death and Dying as Influences on Coping With Loss
Coping With and Surviving Loss
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 5: Personality and Emotional Regulation
Introduction
Defining Personality in Adulthood
Stability and Change: Stage and Non-Stage Theories of Traits
The “Big Five” and Other Personality Models
Observable Behaviors and Impression Management
Resiliency in Adjustment to Aging
Defining Emotional Regulation in Later Life
Emotional Intelligence and Self-Control
Self-Determination and Personal Growth
Different Emotional Coping Styles and Strategies
Emotional Adaptation to Aging-Related Losses and Changes
Therapeutic Interventions to Support Positive Aging Adjustment
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 6: Mental Health and Intervention
Mental Health in Adulthood
Alzheimer’s Disease
The Course of Alzheimer’s Disease
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Disorders That Mimic Dementia
Common Functional Disorders
The Mental Health Challenges Faced by College Students
Suicide
Other Functional Disorders
Drug Use and Abuse Among Younger and Older Persons
Therapeutic Interventions With Adults and Older Persons
Goals for Therapy With Adults
Therapies With Adults and Older Persons
Behavioral Interventions
Prevention as Therapy
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 7: The Social-Environmental Context of Adulthood and Aging
Understanding and Describing the Environment
Transactions With the Environment
Person-Environment Interaction
Adult Development in Context
Influences on the Developmental Niche in Adulthood: The Healthy and Not-So-Healthy
Real-Life Applications of Person- Environment Fit and Developmental Niche
Making Choices About Alternative Paths of Adult Development
Developmental Tasks in Adulthood: Young Adulthood
Developmental Tasks in Adulthood: Middle Adulthood
Developmental Tasks in Adulthood: Late Adulthood
Housing in Later Life
Older Adults’ Involvement in the Community
Enhancing Older Persons’ Use of Services and Programs
Person-Environment Fit and Quality of Life in Late Adulthood
Societal Intervention as Environmental Change
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 8: Interpersonal Relationships: Our Personal Network of Support
Technology and Social Support
Aging and Convoy Membership
Functions of Social Convoys
Negative Interpersonal Interactions
Intergenerational Relationships: A Key Dimension of Our Convoy of Support
Functions of Intergenerational Relationships
Intergenerational Exchanges of Help and Assistance: Parents and Adult Children
Caregiving in an Intergenerational Context
Caregiving in Adulthood
Elder Abuse
Grandparents as Caregivers
Gender Differences in Social Support
Cultural Variations in the Intergenerational Kinship Network
Educational Implications of Intergenerational Relationships
Friendships
Interest-Related and Deep Friendships
Widowhood
Remarriage Among Widows and Widowers
Grandparenting
Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 9: Socialization and the Family
Introduction
Defining Socialization in Adulthood
Socializing Effects of Age (Cohort), Gender, and Culture
Interpersonal Relationships in Adulthood
Partner Selection and Marriage
LGBTQ Relationships
Relationship Satisfaction
Family Relationships
Defining Family in Later Life: Biological and Nonbiological Ties
Aging Family Roles and Transitions
Structural Changes and Adaptations: Divorce, Remarriage, and Blended Forms
Grandparenting and Second Parenthood
Social Networking and the Use of Social Media
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 10: Work
Introduction
Industrial Gerontology
Current Workforce Trends in the United States and Other Industrialized Nations
Career Trajectories and Transitions Affecting Aging
Situational, Cultural, and Cohort Factors Influencing Workforce Participation
Work-Related Stressors and Adaptation Efforts
Skill Updating to Avoid Obsolescence and Job Loss
Discouraged Older Worker Syndrome and Resilience
Ageism, Age Discrimination, and Older Workers’ Rights and Responsibilities
The Future of an Aging Workforce: National and Global Trends
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 11: Retirement
Introduction
Concepts/Theories Explaining Retirement Motivation
Types of Retirement Options and Associated Experiences
Health Factors and Gender Differences: Retirement Timing
Preretirement Attitudes and Retirement Preparation
Outcomes From Retirement: Short- and Long-Term Effects
Public Policy and Future Retirement Support Resources: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 12: Aging Well: Promoting Healthy Development Across the Life Span
A Brief History of Successful Aging
Successful Aging Versus Healthy Aging
Pulling It All Together
Heterogeneity and Healthy Aging
Multidisciplinary Supports for Healthy Aging
Summary and Conclusion

Glossary
References
Index

About the Authors:

Dr. Julie Hicks Patrick is a Professor of Psychology at West Virginia University. Her research and teaching address families at mid- and late-life, with a focus on cognitive aging, family caregiving, and healthy aging. Recent research projects have included health promotion and physical activity interventions, the use of virtual reality to improve cognitive performance, and best practices to infuse gerontology training into thee MSTEM curricula. She has been the recipient of awards from the American Psychological Association and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Dr. Bert Hayslip, Jr. is Regents Professor of Psychology Emeritus at University of North Texas. With a wide-ranging research focus, Dr. Hayslip is recognized as an expert in grandparenting, death and dying, grief and bereavement, psychopathology, intellectual functioning, and counseling with older adults. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a Fellow of AGHE.

Dr. Lisa Hollis-Sawyer is Associate Professor in the Psychology department and Coordinator of the Gerontology program at Northeastern Illinois University. She received her doctorate in Industrial Gerontology from The University of Akron and conducted her postdoctoral aging-related training at Boston University. Her research interests range from eldercare to aging workforce issues, especially focusing on aging women’s issues within these roles. Dr. Hollis- Sawyer has authored/co-authored eight textbooks and authored/co-authored 59 scholarly publications. She received an American Psychological Association Division 20 award for her career-long mentoring of gerontology students in 2014. She also has served as the co-Chair of the APA Division 35 Committee on Women and Aging for the past three years. In 2017, she received the APA Division 35’s Florence L. Denmark award for her research on women and aging since 1988. She has co-written both a book on women’s positive aging for Elsevier Book Publishers in 2015 entitled “Women and Positive Aging: An International Perspective,” and recently published an edited 2020 book (co-edited with Dr. Ellen Cole) entitled “Older Women Who Work: Resilience, Choice, and Change.”

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