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Adulthood and Aging: Research on Continuities and by Dr. Vern L. Bengtson PhD

By Dr. Vern L. Bengtson PhD

During this quantity exclusive students discover and observe the theoretical types of continuity and discontinuity to their examine in grownup improvement. The chapters handle different ways that continuity is tormented by switch over the existence direction, in addition to how contributors negotiate and preserve the most important continuities by way of adaptive switch. themes contain grownup lifestyles crises, sickness, sibling relationships, and gender id. each one bankruptcy is by means of an insightful observation. This e-book is a tribute to Bernice L. Neugarten for her contributions to the sector of grownup improvement, along with the concept that of continuities. members contain 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.

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The model proposed here represents an effort to organize some of this convergent evidence regarding aging well. Although we build our framework on a stress paradigm, our focus on proactivity, seen as the individual's propensity to create resources, also holds a more teleological view of self-actualization. Implicit in our notion of preventive proactivity are adient behaviors such as helping others, based on altruistic motives; these activities are undertaken as forms of meaningful self-expression.

Thus far, however, these factors may have been considered primarily as indicators of lucky or privileged aging without much attention to proactive adaptations in which older adults engaged to enhance these resources. EVALUATING THE PREVENTIVE AND CORRECTIVE PROACTIVITY MODEL Some Empirical Evidence Relative to the Model Preliminary data from our ongoing Florida retirement study illustrate the prevalence of proactive adaptations among study respondents and point to the potential value of these adaptations for reducing the likelihood of illness and functional limitations and for enhancing social resources (B.

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