This special issue highlights how social psychology can further the understanding of important social, health, interpersonal, and intergenerational issues facing people as they age. This issue has three goals: to generate more interest in aging as an area of study for social psychologists by showcasing researchers who are currently integrating basic social psychological research with issues in aging and lifespan development; to challenge readers to think about how their research programs can interconnect with issues in aging; and to demonstrate how social psychological processes have direct application to many of the issues facing people as they age.
Volume 22, Number 3, 2000
Contents: S.F. Madey, Toward a Social Psychology of Aging. L.L. Duval, J.B. Ruscher, K. Welsh, S.P. Catanese, Bolstering and Undercutting Use of the Elderly Stereotype Through Communication of Exemplars: The Role of Speaker Age and Exemplar Stereotypicality. A.L. Chasteen, The Role of Age and Age-Related Attitudes in Perceptions of Elderly Individuals. W. Ickes, J.W. Dugosh, An Intersubjective Perspective on Social Cognition and Aging. K.A. Martin, M.R. Leary, W.J. Rejeski, Self-Presentational Concerns in Older Adults: Implications for Health and Well-Being. A.M. Omoto, M. Snyder, S.C. Martino, Volunteerism and the Life Course: Investigating Age-Related Agendas for Action. D.D. Von Dras, H.T. Blumenthal, Biological, Social-Environmental, and Psychological Dialecticism: An Integrated Model of Aging. J.J. Liu, S.H. Ng, A. Weatherall, C. Loong, Filial Piety, Acculturation, and Inter-Generational Communication Among New Zealand Chinese. M. Reis-Bergan, F.X. Gibbons, M. Gerrard, J.F. Ybema, The Impact of Reminiscence on Socially Active Elderly Women's Reactions to Social Comparisons. L.D. Frazier, K. Hooker, P.M. Johnson, C.R. Kaus, Continuity and Change in Possible Selves in Later Life: A 5-Year Longitudinal Study. J. Warburton, D.J. Terry, Volunteer Decision Making by Older People: A Test of a Revised Theory of Planned Behavior. L.A. Zebrowitz, J.M. Montepare, Integrating Social Psychology and Aging Research: Toward a Social-Developmental Theory of Behavior.