European Perspectives for an Aging World

  • Edited by R. Fernandez-Ballesteros
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This book discusses clinical and research psychology, gerontology, and developmental psychology. It is suitable for researchers and clinical psychologists as well as sociologists working in the field of gerontology. In this outstanding book, leading experts from throughout Europe provide a fascinating overview of the most important psychological research into aging, with special emphasis on training and professional issues as well as science. In terms of its population, Europe is the oldest continent in the world, thus placing European research into the effects and implications of an aging population in a unique position. As this book shows, the aging of the population should be considered a positive phenomenon that reflects sociopolitical, educational, biomedical, and psychological development. The real threat for our population is not aging but disability, and the challenge for the 21st century is to reduce dependency and disability and thus improve well-being and quality of life, rather than increasing life expectancy. The recent United Nations' 2nd International Plan of Action on Aging and its Research Agenda on Aging for the 21st Century, as well as policies of the European Federation of Psychologists Associations, tell us that psychology and psychologists will play an essential part in meeting this challenge. This book shows how. Psychologists will have to play a leading role in dealing with the societal and personal implications of an aging population. This outstanding volume by leading experts shows how, by means of a comprehensive overview of the latest research into aging, its effects, and its implications for science, training, and profession.
Foreword by Rainer K. Silbereisen; List of Contributors; 1. GeroPsychology. Demographic, Sociopolitical, and Historical Background Rocio Fernandez-Ballesteros, Martin Pinquart, and Per Torpdahl; 2. Main Trends in Geropsychology in Europe: Research, Training, and Practice Martin Pinquart; 3. Age Identifications Svein Olaf Daatland; 4. Person-Environment Relations Hans-Werner Wahl and Susanne Iwarsson; 5. Semantic Memory in Healthy Aging Herminia Peraita; 6. Affect and Emotions Despina Moraitou and Anastasia Efklides; 7. Personality and Self-Beliefs Mariagiovanna Caprara, Patrizia Steca, and Gian Vittorio Caprara; 8. Old-Old People: Major Recent Findings and the European Contribution to the State of the Art Constanca Paul; 9. Cognitive Plasticity and Cognitive Impairment Rocio Fernandez-Ballesteros, Maria Dolores Zamarron, M.Dolores Calero, and Lluis Tarraga; 10. Cognitive Decline and Dementia Stig Berg, Anna Dahl, and Sven Nilsson; 11. Demographic Change, the Need for Care, and the Role of the Elderly Ursula Lehr, Susanna Re, and Joachim Wilbers; 12. Quality of Life, Life Satisfaction, and Positive Aging Rocio Fernandez-Ballesteros, Andreas Kruse, Maria Dolores Zamarron, and Mariagiovanna Caprara; 13. Wisdom: Adult Development and Emotional-Motivational Dynamics Ute Kunzmann; 14. Toward a Theory of Successful Aging: Selection, Optimization, and Compensation Alexandra M. Freund and Paul B. Baltes.
A ground-breaking textbook of fundamental importance and practical use for all those concerned with the impact of population aging, not only to European societies, but also throughout the world. The
Uitgavejaar 2007
ISBN 9780889373402
Verschijningsdatum 1 aug. 2007
Omvang 254
Auteur(s) Edited by R. Fernandez-Ballesteros
Taal Engels
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