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The Meanings of Age

Selected Papers

Edited and with a Foreword by Dail A. Neugarten
One of the most distinguished psychologists of the century, Bernice L. Neugarten is best known for her groundbreaking contributions to the study of adult development and aging. Covering more than forty years of scholarship, this volume brings together Neugarten’s most important contributions in four areas: Age as a Dimension of Social Organization; The Life Course; Personality and Adaptation; and Social Policy Issues. Each section is introduced by an eminent authority in the area, including George L. Maddox, Gunhild O. Hagestad, David L. Gutmann, Robert H. Binstock, and Dail A. Neugarten, who explains and highlights Neugarten’s contributions in light of the most recent research.

Carefully edited by Dail Neugarten, each chapter presents the reader with Bernice Neugarten’s original formulations on topics such as age norms and age constraints, the changing meanings of age, and age neutral social policy. Including four previously unpublished papers, The Meanings of Age will be of interest to scholars, students, and practitioners of psychology, education, law, medicine, social policy, and gerontology.

448 pages | 1 halftone, 25 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1996

Psychology: Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology

Table of Contents

Foreword: Bernice L. Neugarten and the Meanings of Age
Dail A. Neugarten
Introduction: Definitions and Descriptions of Age
George L. Maddox
1: Age Norms, Age Constraints, and Adult Socialization
Bernice L. Neugarten, Joan W. Moore, John C. Lowe.
2: Age Groups in American Society and the Rise of the Young-Old
3: The Young-Old and the Age-Irrelevant Society
4: Age Distinctions and Their Social Functions
5: The Changing Meanings of Age
Bernice L. Neugarten, Dail A. Neugarten.
Introduction: Thoughts about the Life Course
Gunhild O. Hagestad
6: Continuities and Discontinuities of Psychological Issues into Adult Life
7: Sociological Perspectives on the Life Cycle
Bernice L. Neugarten, Nancy Datan.
8: Time, Age, and the Life Cycle
9: The Future Social Roles of the Aged
10: The Middle Years
Bernice L. Neugarten, Nancy Datan.
11: Midlife Women in the 1980’s
Bernice L. Neugarten, Lorill Brown-Rezanka.
12: Social and Psychological Characteristics of Older Persons
13: Women’s Attitudes toward the Menopause
Bernice L. Neugarten, Vivian Wood, Ruth J. Kraines, Barbara Loomis.
14: The Changing American Grandparent
Bernice L. Neugarten, Karol K. Weinstein.
15: The Middle Generations
16: Retirement in the Life Course
Introduction: The Idiosyncratic Faces of Personality
David L. Gutmann
17: Age-Sex Roles and Personality in Middle Age: A Thematic Apperception
Bernice L. Neugarten, David L. Gutmann.
18: Personality Changes in the Aged
19: Personality and Patterns of Aging
Bernice L. Neugarten, Robert J. Havighurst, Sheldon S. Tobin.
20: Personality and the Aging Process
21: Disengagement, Personality, and Life Satisfaction in the Later Years
Bernice L. Neugarten, Robert J. Havighurst, Sheldon S. Tobin.
22: Disengagement Reconsidered in a Cross-National Context
Bernice L. Neugarten, Robert J. Havighurst.
23: The Measurement of Life Satisfaction
Bernice L. Neugarten, Robert J. Havighurst, Sheldon S. Tobin.
24: Patterns of Aging: Past, Present, and Future
25: Successful Aging in 1970 and 1990
Introduction: The Prescience and Influence of Bernice Neugarten
Robert H. Binstock
26: Social Implications of Life Extension
27: Policy for the 1980s: Age or Need Entitlement?
28: Family and Community Support Systems
29: New Perspectives on Aging and Social Policy
30: The Goals of Medicine in an Aging Society
Bernice L. Neugarten, Christine K. Cassel.
Introduction: Speculations about the Meanings of Age
Dail A. Neugarten
31: Gerontology and the Aging Society
32: The End of Gerontology?
Bibliography of Bernice Neugarten

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