This volume is the fourth in a series designed to facilitate inter-disciplinary communication between scientists concerned with the description of societal phenomena and those investigating adult development. As such, it contains a compilation of papers presented at an annual conference held at the Pennsylvania State University. These essays by sociologists and epidemiologists deal with the impact of disease and health outcomes with advancing age and are critiqued by members of related disciplines. In addition, there are overviews as well as specific discussions about the impact of cancer, depression, and cardiovascular diseases upon psychosocial functions.
"This study of health and aging with regard to race, gender, and socioeconomic status provides a focused analysis of aging and society."
"…a series of informative and well-written papers by prominent researchers….discussed by an equally prominent group of experts from social science and biobehavioral fields….this volume succeeds in pointing to the critical role played by psychosocial factors in the study of aging and health….important reading for anyone involved in or planning research on aging and health."
"The book is well organized, readable, and timely. Graphic presentations of data are clear and include explanations. Chapter references are comprehensive and current."
Contents: D. Blazer, Aging, Health Behaviors, and Health Outcomes: Goals of the Conference. J.S. House, R.C. Kessler, A. Regula Herzog, R.P. Mero, A.M. Kinney, M.J. Breslow, Social Stratification, Age, and Health. R.P. Abeles, Social Stratification and Aging: Contemporaneous and Cumulative Effects. S.A. James, N.L. Keenan, S. Browning, Socioeconomic Status, Health Behaviors, and Health Status Among Blacks. D.R. Williams, Social Structure and the Health Behaviors of Blacks. G.L. Maddox, Discussion of Socioeconomic Status, Health Behaviors, and Health Status Among Blacks. G.A. Kaplan, Health and Aging in the Alameda County Study. I.C. Siegler, Aging and the Public Health: Reflections on Kaplan's Report of Health and Aging in the Alameda County Study. D. Blazer, The Laudables and Limits of Large Epidemiologic Studies of Mortality. W.A. Satariano, N.E. Ragheb, Living Arrangements and Problems With Daily Tasks for Older Women With Breast Cancer. S. Cohen, The Content and Context of Effective Spousal Support. A.M. Ostfeld, Reducing Disability in Research. L.K. George, Social Factors and the Onset and Outcome of Depression. S.A. Murrell, Cohort Experiences, Support Versatility, Depressive Traits, and Theory. C. Schooler, Statistical and Causal Interaction in the Diagnosis and Outcome of Depression. J.S. House, Aging, Health Behaviors, and Health Outcomes: Some Concluding Comments.