Originally published in 1986, the central topic of this book is the analysis and application of control-related beliefs and behaviours for theory and practice in the psychology of aging. The volume was written for two specific interrelated purposes aimed at cross-fertilization between the psychology of control and the field of gerontology. The first purpose was to summarise available research and theory on the psychology of control for researchers and professionals interested in gerontology at the time. The second was to enrich the field of the psychology of control.
Contributors. Margret M. Baltes and Paul B. Baltes Preface and Summary. 1. Julius Kuhl Aging Models of Control: The Hidden Costs of Wisdom 2. Ellen A. Skinner and James P. Connell Control Understanding: Suggestions for a Developmental Framework 3. Alison I. Piper and Ellen J. Langer Aging and Mindful Control 4. Lawrence C. Perlmuter, Richard A. Monty and Florentius Chan Choice, Control and Cognitive Functioning 5. Mary M. Gergen and Kenneth J. Gergen The Discourse of Control and the Maintenance of Well-Being 6. Judith Rodin Health, Control and Aging 7. Sigrun-Heide Filipp and Thomas Klauer Conceptions of Self Over the Life Span: Reflections on the Dialectics of Change 8. Margie E. Lachman Personal Control in Later Life: Stability, Change and Cognitive Correlates 9. Margaret Gatz, Ilene C. Siegler, Linda K. George and Forrest B. Tyler Attributional Components of Locus of Control: Longitudinal, Retrospective and Contemporaneous Analyses 10. Jochen Brandstädter, Günter Krampen and Friedrich E. Heil Personal Control and Emotional Evaluation of Development in Partnership Relations During Adulthood 11. Charles B. White and Philip Janson Helplessness in Institutional Settings: Adaptation or Iatrogenic Disease? 12. Margret M. Baltes and Rainer Reisenzein The Social World in Long-Term Care Institutions: Psychosocial Control Toward Dependency? 13. Ernst-H. Hoff and Hans-Uwe Hohner Occupational Careers, Work and Control 14. Jurgis Karuza, Jr., Vita C. Rabinowitz and Michael A. Zevon Implications of Control and Responsibility on Helping the Aged. Author Index. Subject Index.
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