Aging: Many Questions—A Few Answers

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 364–366. Reviews the book, Handbook of the Psychology of Aging edited by James E. Birren and K. Warner Schaie (1977). This handbook is organized in four parts: (1) Background, (2) Biological Basis of Aging and Behavior, (3) Environmental and Health Influences on Aging and Behavior, and (4) Behavioral Processes. The last part, Behavioral Processes, is the longest, comprising about half of the text. One of the purposes of the Handbook is to increase the sophistication of the research studies on aging on the topics discussed in the later parts of the Handbook. The introductory chapter provides an excellent overview of research in this field. It seems appropriate to suggest that in a field such as the psychology of aging where so much has been written and so little is known, reading of the appropriate chapters of this Handbook is quite necessary for providing orientation and guidance to students and researchers newly entering this field. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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