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International Perspectives on the Well–Being of Older Adults. Journal of Social Issues

  • ID: 2248672
  • Journal
  • April 2003
  • Region: Global
  • 228 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Old age represents a new frontier. The number of older people is increasing throughout the world. This changing demography affects individuals, but also families, communities and societies. The focus of this special issue is the well–being of older adults on different continents. Scientists from around the world address this issue using a wide array of research designs and methodologies to provide a broad perspective on aging. Five topics are considered: Well–Being among Older Adults; Social Support; Functional Status, Well–Being, and Successful Aging; Cross–Cultural Approaches to the Study of Aging; and Research Perspectives in Aging. This volume clearly demonstrates that scientists have much to contribute to the goal of optimizing the experience of aging and creating a society for all ages.
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1. Well–Being Among Older Adults on Different Continents: Toni C. Antonucci (University of Michigan), Corann Okorodudu (Rowan University), and Hiroko Akiyama (University of Michigan).


1. Well–Being: Concepts and Measures: Robert L. Kahn and F. Thomas Juster (University of Michigan).


1. Social Support and Quality of Life Among Older People in Spain: Rocío Fernández–Ballesteros (Autónoma University of Madrid).

2. Adult Children s Supportive Behaviors and Older Parents Subjective Well–Being A Developmental Perspective on Intergenerational Relationships: Frieder R. Lang and Yvonne Schütze (Humboldt–Universitaet zu Berlin).

3. Family Support and Health Status of the Elderly in Imo State of Nigeria: Goodwin O. Unanka (Imo State University, Owerri– Nigeria).

4. Network and Health Changes Among Older Dutch Adults: Theo van Tilburg and Marjolein Broese van Groenou (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands).


1. Health and Well–Being in the Young Old and Oldest Old: Jacqui Smith (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin), Markus Borchelt (Humboldt University, Berlin), Heiner Maier (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin), and Daniela Jopp (Free University of Berlin).

2. Functional Capacity and Self–Evaluation of Health and Life of Oldest Old in China: Zeng Yi (Duke University/Peking University) and James W. Vaupel (Max Planck Institute/Duke University).

3. Successful Aging in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging: Applying the MacArthur Model Cross–Nationally: Gary Andrews, Michael Clark, and Mary Luszcz (Flinders University, Adelaide South Australia).


1. Differences Between Men and Women in Social Relations, Resource Deficits, and Depressive Symptomatology During Later Life in Four Nations: Toni C. Antonucci, Jennifer E. Lansford, Hiroko Akiyama (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan), Jacqui Smith (Max Planck Institute, Berlin, Germany), Margret Baltes (Free University, Berlin, Germany), Keiko Takahashi (Sacred Heart University, Tokyo, Japan), Rebecca Fuhrer (Institut National de la Sante et la Recherche Medicale, Paris, France), and Jean–Francois Dartigues (Institut National de la Sante et la Recherche Medicale, Bordeaux, France).

2. The Impact of Social Ties on Depressive Symptoms in U.S. and Japanese Elderly: Hidehiro Sugisawa, Hiroshi Shibata (Obirin University Graduate School), Gavin W. Hougham (University of Chicago), Yoko Sugihara (Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology), and Jersey Liang (University of Michigan).

3. Comparative Gerontolinguistics: Characterising Discourses in Caring Institutions in South Africa and the United Kingdom: Sinfree Makoni (Pennsylvania State University) and Karen Grainger (Sheffield University at Hallam, United Kingdom).

4. Conceptual and Methodological Linkages in Cross–Cultural Groups and Cross–National Aging Research: James S. Jackson (Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan).

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Toni C. Antonucci
Corann Okorodudu
Hiroko Akiyama
Irene Hanson Frieze
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