Aging, Health Behaviors, and Health Outcomes

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 230–231. Reviews the book, Aging, Health Behaviors, and Health Outcomes edited by K. Warner Schaie, Dan Blazer, and James S. House (1992). Contributors examine the relationship between social structure and the behavioral and biological processes of human aging, analyzing the influence of these factors on health outcomes and health behaviors in older adults. Contributors discuss, among other topics, the effects of social structures and demographic characteristics on health behaviors. They look also at the psychosocial influences that affect health outcomes, and describe how social structures influence health behavior to shape the aging process. A number of specific groups are discussed here, including women suffering from breast cancer, older adults suffering from depression, and Black people from various socioeconomic strata. This study of health and aging with regard to race, gender, and socioeconomic status provides a focused analysis of aging and society. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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