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The Psychology of Ageing : An Introduction - Ian Stuart-Hamilton

The Psychology of Ageing

An Introduction


Published: 1st May 2012
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This well-established and accessible text has been completely revised in this expanded fifth edition. Each chapter has been updated, often extensively, to reflect current thinking, and an important new chapter on death, dying and bereavement has been added.

Providing a comprehensive overview of the psychological processes of ageing, the text examines what constitutes older age, and presents the latest theory and research in a variety of domains, including intellectual change in later life; ageing and memory; ageing and language; ageing, personality and lifestyle; and mental health and ageing. Consideration is given to the problems inherent in measuring the psychological status of older people, and the author looks to the future to answer the question “what will constitute 'being old'?”

This new edition is essential reading for all those working or training to work with older people, and a key text for students.

About the Author

Ian Stuart-Hamilton is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Glamorgan, Wales. He has over thirty years' research experience in a wide variety of psychological techniques and settings. The Psychology of Ageing is now translated into 16 languages, and was awarded a British Medical Association Book of the Year award in the Geriatric Medicine section in 2008.

Praise for the fifth edition:

'The Psychology of Ageinghas over the years proved itself to be a solid and workman-like general introduction to the psychological problems of growing older... I will continue to recommend this book to psychology students and trainees, as a very sound basic text.'

-- International Psychogeriatrics
(...) a most helpful guide in this challenging area of ageing. It enables us to have a clearer understanding of the questions and approaches to the psychology of ageing. -- Plus

Praise for the fourth edition:

'The Psychology of Ageing provides a comprehensive overview of the area. It covers a broad range of issues that are central to anyone interested in psychology and ageing. It starts with a discussion of what constitutes older age and the neuronal underpinning of ageing, and moves to examining theories and research in the various domains of ageing. The book clearly (and correctly) makes the point that ageing is not just general slowing and cognitive decline (as is often portrayed), but that cognitive ageing is a complex interaction of individuals and their environment. Even though the book is introductory, it points to the deeper issues and problems in this field. The topics are well introduced and the book has a Glossary of Technical Terms at the end... The Psychology of Ageing is a very good introductory book... is easy to read and is an effective overview.'

-- Age and Ageing
The Psychology of Ageing is a solid and workmanlike general introduction to both schools of thought on the problems of growing older, and can be recommended as a basic textbook for students and trainees. -- Journal of Mental Health
The psychology of ageing is somewhat a rarity in academic texts. So I was grateful to Ian Stuart-Hamilton for eloquently and skilfully introducing the reader to the world of psycho gerontology, through the adoption of a cognitive perspective where research and comment are interweaved to provide a highly readable and detailed perspective of this area... This text is an invaluable resource for psychologists, clinicians, nurses and anyone with an interest in gerontology, through the author's accessible writing style and balanced literature selection. -- The Psychologist
It is refreshing to see a book interested in the minds of older people as this client group are often overlooked, writes Noelle Blackman. This research-based approach has been written very much with the undergraduate psychology student in mind. As such it is packed full of research and is a very good resource. -- Community Care
An extremely accessible and comprehensive account of what is currently known about the psychology of ageing. From the definition of ageing through the measurement of intellectual change, memory, language, personality and lifestyle, mental illness and the difficulties with measuring psychological status in older people, this book triumphs in its clarity and depth. The final chapter entitled 'What is the future of ageing?' is a very salient essay on the dangers of stereotyping older people. -- British Journal of Occupational Therapy
This is a well established and accessible textbook now completely revised in an expanded fourth edition. Each chapter has been updated to reflect current thinking. There is a glossary of technical term, as well as being fully indexed. -- New Literature in Old Age
Now in it's 5th edition, The Psychology of Ageing is a great introduction for students and for those about to enter into a field of work involving older adults... Overall this book is a good resource: the first port of call for anyone with a clinical, sociological or psyhological interest in ageing. -- Emma Claire Palmer, Section of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, King's College, London * Journal of Mental Health *

Prefacep. 11
What is Ageing?p. 15
Definitions of ageingp. 15
Prevalence of ageing - the greying populationp. 19
Prevalence of ageing - variationsp. 23
The cost of living longerp. 30
Causes of biological ageingp. 33
The ageing bodyp. 38
Neuronal changes in later lifep. 46
Suggested further readingp. 48
Measuring Intellectual Change in Later Lifep. 49
Introductionp. 49
Measuring age changes in intelligencep. 50
Fluid and crystallised intelligencep. 56
Variability in intellectual changep. 61
Wisdomp. 64
Health, intelligence and the terminal drop modelp. 66
Disuse theoryp. 69
Reaction times and the general slowing hypothesisp. 74
Brain volume and intellectual skillsp. 83
The frontal lobe hypothesisp. 85
Sensory changes and intelligencep. 86
Intelligence with everything?p. 88
Attentional deficits in ageingp. 91
Conceptual organisationp. 93
Creativity in later lifep. 96
Piagetian conservationp. 98
Summary - the bumblebee fliesp. 100
Suggested further readingp. 103
Ageing and Memoryp. 105
Introductionp. 105
Ageing and short-term memoryp. 108
Ageing and long-term memoryp. 113
Remote memoryp. 113
Eyewitness testimonyp. 115
Text recallp. 116
Semantic memoryp. 116
Episodic memoryp. 118
Implicit memoryp. 120
Autobiographical memory and ageingp. 121
Prospective memoryp. 125
Metamemory and ageingp. 129
Summary and overview - how does ageing affect memory?p. 132
Another reality checkp. 135
Suggested further readingp. 135
Ageing and Languagep. 136
Introductionp. 136
The role of reading in older people's lifestylesp. 137
Physical constraintsp. 139
General cognitive constraintsp. 142
Word recognitionp. 145
Spellingp. 148
Tip of the tongue statesp. 149
Pronunciationp. 149
Semantic processingp. 150
Syntactic processingp. 152
Story comprehensionp. 156
Neural compensationp. 163
Summaryp. 164
Suggested further readingp. 165
Ageing, Personality and Lifestylep. 166
Introductionp. 166
Trait models of personalityp. 166
Psychoanalytic and type models of personalityp. 173
Dependencyp. 179
Attitudes to ageingp. 182
Cross-cultural differencesp. 187
Retirementp. 192
Bereavementp. 197
Well-beingp. 197
Psychosocial factors and healthp. 201
Marriagep. 205
Sexuality and ageingp. 207
Disengagement and activity theoriesp. 209
The role of the familyp. 211
Religion and ageingp. 214
Summaryp. 215
Suggested further readingp. 216
Mental Health in Later Lifep. 217
Introductionp. 217
Mild cognitive impairmentp. 217
Dementiap. 219
Dementia - a summaryp. 245
Learning disabilitiesp. 246
Depressionp. 248
Anxietyp. 249
Substance abusep. 251
Personality disorderp. 256
Schizophreniap. 256
Overviewp. 257
Suggested further readingp. 258
Problems in Measuring the Psychological Status of Older Peoplep. 259
Introductionp. 259
Confounding variables and the search for 'pure' ageingp. 260
The relevance of findings to everyday lifep. 263
Unwitting ageismp. 268
Death, Dying and Bereavementp. 270
Introductionp. 270
Death awarenessp. 270
Kübler-Ross's five stages of dying modelp. 274
Palliative carep. 276
Deathp. 281
Bereavement and cultural differencesp. 284
Widowhoodp. 288
Suicidep. 290
Conclusionsp. 292
Suggested further readingp. 293
What is the Future of Ageing?p. 294
Introductionp. 294
What will constitute being 'old'?p. 294
Older people and the technological societyp. 296
Conclusionp. 301
Basic Anatomy of the Nervous Systemp. 303
The neuronp. 303
Anatomy of the nervous systemp. 304
Fluid and Crystallised Intelligencep. 306
Basic Psycholinguistic Conceptsp. 308
The Later Career of Elisabeth Kübler-Rossp. 311
Glossary of Technical Termsp. 313
Referencesp. 351
Subject Indexp. 444
Author Indexp. 448
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ISBN: 9781849052450
ISBN-10: 184905245X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st May 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.83
Edition Number: 5
Edition Type: Revised