By Dr. Vern L. Bengtson PhD, Dr. Richard Settersten Jr PhD

The lengthy awaited sequel to Birren and Bengtson's landmark textual content, EMERGENT THEORIES OF getting older has arrived. devoted to James E. Birren, this quantity keeps to discover and extend upon the bases of theory-building and study layout in getting older. well known researchers study organic, biomedical, mental, and social technology ideas and theories. additionally, this quantity incorporates a new part that explores the potentials for profitable interventions through utilizing theories to gerontological perform, public coverage, and psychological overall healthiness and getting older. this article is a helpful source for gerontologists, lecturers, psychologists, and graduate-level students.

Contributors comprise: James Birren, Gary Kenyon, Caleb Finch, Diana Woodruff-Pak, Paul B. Baltes, Margret Baltes, Laura Carstensen, Timothy Salthouse, Gisela Labouvie-Vief, Christine Fry, Dale Dannefer, Margaret Gatz, between others.

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He described Christian's spiritual odyssey (1678) as different from that of his wife, Christiana (1684), but each on their separate paths faced challenges comparable to those endured by Moses and Paul. Bunyan's allegory was the book most likely to be found in New England households. Assuming that the settlers read the text, and there is evidence that they did, this fact corroborates historians' conclusions that Puritan divines transmitted biblical images of aging in crafting their model of Christian charity (Haber, 1983).

Hence, disengagement, activity, subcultural, and continuity theories each stressed the individual as the appropriate unit of analysis in their quest to explain optimal and dysfunctional adjustment patterns. Each was put forth as a universally applicable model, not dependent on context or societal arrangements. Virtually without exception, the early efforts concentrated on individual adjustment, with social factors taken as unquestioned givens (Hendricks, 1992). The second generation adopted a macrolevel structural approach and included age-stratification and modernization theories.

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