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Adulthood and Aging

SKU# 9780826192707

Research on Continuities and Discontinuities


  • Vern L. Bengtson PhD

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In this volume distinguished scholars explore and apply the theoretical models of continuity and discontinuity to their research in adult development. The chapters address the different ways in which continuity is affected by change over the life course, as well as how individuals negotiate and maintain crucial continuities by adaptive change. Topics include adult life crises, illness, sibling relationships, and gender identity. Each chapter is followed by an insightful commentary. This book is a tribute to Bernice L. Neugarten for her contributions to the field of adult development, which includes the concept of continuities.
Contributors include W. Andrew Achenbaum, Robert H. Binstock, James Birren, Bertram J. Cohler, Margaret Hellie Huyck, Boaz Kahana, Eva Kahana, Sheldon S. Tobin, Lillian E. Troll, Steven H. Zarit, and others.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 03, 1996
  • Page Count 416
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826192707
  • EISBN 9780826192714

About The Author(s) 

Vern L. Bengtson, PhD, is AARP/university professor of gerontology emeritus and research professor, Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. A senior statesman in gerontology, Bengtson is a world-recognized expert on the sociology of the life course, family sociology, social psychology, ethnicity and aging. He has been elected as president of the Gerontological Society of America and has been granted two MERIT awards for research from the National Institutes of Health. He has written or edited 17 books and published more than 260 research papers. Early in his career, Bengtson started the Longitudinal Study of Generations, a multigeneration and multidisciplinary investigation of families, aging, and social change, which now is in its 45th year of data collection from more than 350 multigenerational families. He has received research awards from the Gerontological Society of America, the American Sociological Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. As the lead editor on the two prior editions of the Handbook of Theories of Aging, and coeditor of the book that preceded them, Emergent Theories of Aging, Dr. Bengtson has led the charge to transform gerontology into a field that is rich in both data and theories.

Table of Contents 

    Foreword by James E. Birren
  1. Psychological Immunity and the Late Onset Disorders, David Gutmann

  2. Comments by Bertram J. Cohler
  3. Conceptual and Empirical Advances in Understanding Aging Well Through Proactive Adaptation, Eva Kahana and Boaz Kahana

  4. Comments by David A. Chiriboga
  5. Continuities and Discontinuities in Very Late Life, Steven H. Zarit

  6. Comments by Fay Lomax Cook
  7. Life Course and Persistent Psychiatric Illness: Social Timing, Cohort, and Intervention, Bertram J. Cohler, Susan A. Pickett, and Judith A. Cook

  8. Comments by Morton A. Lieberman
  9. Continuities and Discontinuities in Gender Identity, Margaret Hellie Huyck

  10. Comments by Deborah T. Gold
  11. A Non-Normative Old Age Contrast: Elderly Parents Caring for Offspring with Mental Retardation, Sheldon S. Tobin

  12. Comments by Boaz Kahana and Eva Kahana
  13. Perspective on Adult Life Crises, Morton A. Lieberman

  14. Comments by David Gutmann
  15. In Search of Continuities and Discontinuities Across Time and Culture, David A. Chiriboga

  16. Comments by Steven H. Zarit
  17. On-Time, Off-Time, Out of Time? Reflections on Continuity and Discontinuity from an Illness Process, Gunhild O. Hagestad

  18. Comments by Vern L. Bengtson
  19. Continuities and Discontinuities in Sibling Relationships Across the Life Span, Deborah T. Gold

  20. Comments by Lillian E. Troll
  21. Modified-Extended Families Over Time: Discontinuity in Parts, Continuity in Wholes, Lillian E. Troll

  22. Comments by Margaret H. Huyck
  23. Continuities and Discontinuities in Intergenerational Relationships Over Time, Vern L. Bengston

  24. Comments by Gunhild O. Hagestad
  25. Continuities and Discontinuities in Public Policy on Aging, Robert H. Binstock

  26. Comments by W. Andrew Achenbaum
  27. Public Support for Programs for Older Americans: Continuities Amidst Threats of Discontinuities, Fay Lomax Cook

  28. Comments by Robert H. Binstock
  29. Looking at Our Future Selves: Neugarten as Gerontology’s Seer, W. Andrew Achenbaum and Celia Berdes

  30. Comments by Sheldon S. Tobin
  31. Profile of Bernice L. Neugarten