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Handbook of Health Psychology and Aging

by Carolyn M Aldwin, Crystal L Park and Avron Spiro Guilford Publications
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Hbk 450 pages
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Meeting a growing need, this authoritative reference and text comprehensively examines the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors in health and illness in older adults. The volume explores how and why some people adapt more successfully than others to age-related stressors such as chronic illness, disability, and loss, and identifies ways to promote coping and resilience. With contributions from leading researchers in health psychology and gerontology, the Handbook integrates state-of-the-science theories and methods from both fields. Key topics include how aging affects the cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, and immune systems; the influences on adult development and health of personality, emotions, social support, and religiousness; and effective interventions in healthcare settings.

KEY FEATURES: * A fresh, authoritative take on a topic of increasing relevance. * Comprehensive in scope, yet concise and accessible. * Key contributors from health psychology, gerontology, and related fields pool their knowledge.

AUDIENCE: Health psychologists, gerontologists, lifespan developmental psychologists, and other mental health, medical, and allied health professionals who work with older adults and their families.

COURSE USE: May serve as a text in graduate-level courses that address aging and health, psychology of aging, lifespan developmental psychology, gerontology, and related topics.

I. Theoretical and Methodological Issues1. Health Psychology and Aging: An Introduction, Carolyn M. Aldwin, Crystal L. Park, and Avron Spiro III2. Challenging Assumptions about Adult Development: Implications for the Health of Older Adults, Sarit A. Golub and Ellen J. Langer3. A Developmental Approach to Psychosocial Risk Factors and Successful Aging, Cynthia A. Berg, Timothy W. Smith, Nancy J. M. Henry, and Gale E. Pearce4. Methods in Health Psychology: Relevance to Aging, Heather Young and Peter Vitaliano5. The Relevance of a Lifespan Developmental Approach to Health, Avron Spiro IIIII. Biological Issues6. Psychoneuroimmunological Processes in Aging and Health, Tara L. Gruenewald and Margaret E. Kemeny7. The Psychoneuroendocrinology of Aging: Anabolic and Catabolic Hormones, Elissa S. Epel, Heather M. Burke, and Owen M. Wolkowitz8. Cardiovascular Reactivity in Older Adults, Denise C. Cooper, Leslie I. Katzel, and Shari R. WaldsteinIII. Psychosocial Issues9. A Lifespan Approach to Personality and Longevity: The Case of Conscientiousness, Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin10. Sense of Control and Health: A Dynamic Duo in the Aging Process, Marilyn McKean Skaff11. Coping, Health, and Aging, Carolyn M. Aldwin, Loriena A. Yancura, and Daria K. Boeninger12. Health and Psychological Consequences of Caregiving, Richard H. Fortinsky, Howard Tennen, Natalie Frank, and Glenn Affleck13. Psychosocial Stress, Emotion Regulation, and Resilience among Older Adults, Mary C. Davis, Alex J. Zautra, Lisa M. Johnson, Kate E. Murray, and Heather A. Okvat14. Optimizing Social Relationships as a Resource for Health and Well-Being in Later Life, Karen S. Rook, Shahrzad Mavandadi, Dara H. Sorkin, and Laura A. Zettel15. Issues of Diversity in Health Psychology and Aging, Barbara W. K. Yee and David A. Chiriboga16. Religious and Spiritual Issues in Health and Aging, Crystal L. ParkIV. Clinical Issues17. Self-Regulation of Health Threats, Affect, and the Self: Lessons from Older Adults, Howard Leventhal, Rachel Forster, and Elaine Leventhal18. The Role of Clinical Health Geropsychology in the Health Care of Older Adults, Sara Honn Qualls and Charles C. Benight19. Effects of Changes in Diagnostic Thresholds on Health Care for Older Adults, Robert M. Kaplan20. Health Psychology and Aging: Moving to the Next Generation of Research, Carolyn M. Aldwin, Crystal L. Park, and Avron Spiro III

"Highly recommended to professionals who would like to better understand the aging process and to examine issues and barriers to healthier living for older adults."
Edited by Carolyn M. Aldwin, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University, USA; Crystal L. Park, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, USA; and Avron Spiro, PhD, VA Boston Healthcare System and Department of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, USA.