Handbook of Emotion, Adult Development and Aging

Handbook of Emotion, Adult Development and Aging

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The field of emotions research has recently seen a period of growth and expansion, both in traditional psychological literature and in gerontology. This text provides a broad overview and summary of where this field stands today, specifically with reference to lifecourse issues and aging. Written by a group of contributing authors, the text illustrates a life span developmental framework, a multidimensional view of emotion and its development, and quantitative and qualitative research findings. Divided into five sections, section one discusses five major theoretical perspectives including biological, discrete emotions, ethological, humanistic, and psychosocial. Section two on affect and cognition discusses the role of emotion in memory, problem-solving, and internal perceptions of self and gender. Section three on emotion and relationships expands on the role of emotion in sibling and parent/child relationships, as well as relationships between friends and romantic partners, and the emotional reaction to inter-personal loss across the lifespan.
Section four on stress, health, and psychological well-being treats issues of stress and coping, religion, personality, and quality of life. The final section on continuity and change in emotion patterns and personality discusses emotion and emotionality throughout the lifespan.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 157 x 235 x 28mm | 826g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • b&w illustrations, references, index
  • 0124649955
  • 9780124649958

Table of contents

Theoretical perspectives - emotions and the aging brain - regrets and remedies, J. Panksepp and A. Miller, differential emotions theory and emotional development in adulthood and later life, L.M. Dougherty, J.A. Abe, and C.E. Izard, ethological perspectives on human development and aging, K.E. Grossman; a humanistic and human science approach to emotion, C.T. Fischer, psychosocial perspectives on emotions - the role of identity in the aging process, S.K. Whitbourne; affect and cognition - emotion, thought, and gender, G. Labouvie-Vief, emotion and cognition in attachment, V.G. Cicirelli, emotion and memory, K.T. Strongman, emotion and everyday problem solving in adult development, F. Blanchard-Fields, emotions in the construction of autobiography, J.E. Ruth and A. Vilkko; emotion and relationships - connections between parents and their adult children, L.E. Troll and K.L. Fingerman, affect and sibling relationships in adulthood, V.H. Bedford and P.S. Avioli, affect in intimate relationships - the developmental course of marriage, L.L. Carstensen, J. Graff, R.W. Levenson, and J.M. Gottman, the understanding of friendship - an adult life course perspective, B. Vries, emotional reactions to interpersonal losses over the life span - an attachment theoretical per-spective, M. Mikulincer and V. Florian; stress, health, and psychological well-being - the role of coping in the emotions and how coping changes over the life course, R.S. Lazarus, emotion, personality, and health, J.S. Tucker and H.S. Friedman, quality of life and affect in later life, M.P. Lawton, religion, emotions, and health, S.H. McFadden and J.S. Levin; continuity and change in emotion patterns and personality - mood and personality in adulthood, P.T. Costa, Jr., and R.R. McCrae, facial expressions of emotion and personality, D. Keltner, personality change in adulthood - dynamic systems, emotions, and the transformed self, C. Magai and B. Nusbaum, emotional episodes and emotionality through the life span, J.M. Jenkins and K. Oatley, the story of your life - a process perspective on narrative and emotion in adult development, J.A. Singer.
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"The Handbook of Emotion, Adult Development, and Aging is the most comprehensive treatment to date of this nascent area of research... a substantial contribution and its many fine chapters will function as guideposts for this blossoming area of scholarly study as it continues to grow."
"This is an exceptionally good collection of papers on emotion. It is an added bonus that they also deal with issues related to human development and aging... The handbooks focus on developmental themes is a special contribution. Although research on emotion has increased in recent years, relatively little has appeared on emotional processes in the middle and later parts of the life span. This book directly addresses these issues and does so in ways that clarify basic emotional processes at all levels. Although aimed at professionals and researchers in the field, many of the chapters will be accessible to upper-division undergraduates and graduate students with backgrounds in psychology, sociology, anthropology, or nursing."
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