Social Gerontology: Pearson New International Edition: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (9e) : 9781292027173

Social Gerontology: Pearson New International Edition: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (9e)

Published by
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Out of stock
Title type
Title type

This best-selling, multidisciplinary, social aging text presents positive images of aging while considering the many factors that contribute to how aging individuals experiences life.

Up-to-date and expanded, this text offers a comprehensive view that presents aging positively, portraying concepts of active aging and resiliency, and defining “productive aging” by elaborating on the numerous ways elders contribute to society and their families. Based on the latest research findings, it offers greater depth to critical issues of aging, attending to differences by age and cohort, gender, ethnic minority status, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

Table of contents
Part I The Field of Social Gerontology

Chapter 1 The Growth of Social Gerontology

Chapter 2 Aging in Other Countries and across Cultures in the United States

Part II The Biological and Physiological Context of Social Aging

Chapter 3 The Social Consequences of Physical Aging

Chapter 4 Managing Chronic Diseases and Promoting Well-Being in Old Age

Part III The Psychological Context of Social Aging

Chapter 5 Cognitive Changes with Aging

Chapter 6 Personality and Mental Health in Old Age

Chapter 7 Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Old Age

Part IV The Social Context of Aging

Chapter 8 Social Theories of Aging

Chapter 9 The Importance of Social Supports: Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Communities

Chapter 10 Opportunities and Challenges of Informal Caregiving

Chapter 11 Living Arrangements and Social Interactions

Chapter 12 Productive Aging: Paid and Nonpaid Roles and Activities

Chapter 13 Death, Dying, Bereavement, and Widowhood

Chapter 14 The Resilience of Elders of Color

Chapter 15 The Resilience of Older Women

Part V The Societal Context of Aging

Chapter 16 Social Policies to Address Social Problems

Chapter 17 Health and Long-Term Care Policy and Programs
Features & benefits
  • A multidisciplinary approach focuses on the sociological, psychological, and biological and cultural aspects of aging.
  • Themes that underlie each chapter are the importance of congruence between elders and their environment, and of the interaction between the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, all within a life course ­perspective that takes account of historical, economic and cultural and structural contexts.
  • Integrates coverage of women and ethnic minorities in every chapter, and in separate chapters that address international and cross-cultural aging issues, as well as the population's strengths and resiliency.
  • Integrates coverage of multigenerational and intergenerational exchanges that affect quality of life.
  • Complete coverage of the demographics of an aging society, and how the changing population affects every institution in our society, as well as the global environment.
  • Critical issues, major debates, and legislation around controversial legal and ethical issues, particularly the “right-to-die” movement and “rationing” health care, are presented in the context of social aging theories.
  • Each chapter concludes with “Glossary,” “Resources,” “References,” and “Summary and Implications.”