Society and the Individual at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century

Toni C. Antonucci, Lisa Berkman, Axel Börsch-Supan, Laura L. Carstensen, Linda P. Fried, Frank F. Furstenberg, Dana Goldman, James S. Jackson, Martin Kohli, S. Jay Olshansky, John Rother, John W. Rowe, Julie Zissimopoulos

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Abstract

Societies exert profound influences on the developmental paths of their citizens. Whether engaged or disengaged, satisfied or dissatisfied, socially embedded or lonely, healthy or disabled; whether people feel in control of their lives or view themselves as victims of circumstance, all are intrinsically tied to broad sociocultural contexts in which people come of age. Indeed, the historical era and related social norms into which we are born influence not only how much formal education we attain, when we marry, and how many children we have, but life histories also influence the efficiency with which our brains process information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of the Psychology of Aging
Subtitle of host publicationEighth Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages41-62
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780124114692
ISBN (Print)9780124115231
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 2015

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Keywords

  • Education
  • Family life
  • Health
  • Health care
  • Individuals
  • Lifespan psychology
  • Retirement
  • Society
  • Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Antonucci, T. C., Berkman, L., Börsch-Supan, A., Carstensen, L. L., Fried, L. P., Furstenberg, F. F., Goldman, D., Jackson, J. S., Kohli, M., Jay Olshansky, S., Rother, J., Rowe, J. W., & Zissimopoulos, J. (2015). Society and the Individual at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century. In Handbook of the Psychology of Aging: Eighth Edition (pp. 41-62). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-411469-2.00003-0