Dictionary of Gerontology

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Greenwood Press, 1988 - Reference - 201 pages
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As the preface indicates, this sorely needed tool is more than a dictionary. In addition to defining terms specific to gerontology (circuit breakers, ' Detroit syndrome') and multidisciplinary terms (suicide, ' cholesterol') pertinent to gerontology, in alphabetic order, it provides one to four references for each term. . . . . Highly recommended for upper-division and graduate collections. "Choice"

Because of the different disciplines that gerontology encompasses, the definition it uses can prove bewildering to students, scholars, and practitioners. Diana Harris is the first scholar to deal with this terminology in a comprehensive manner. Reflecting multidisciplinary perspectives and introducing standardization, her dictionary offers hundreds of precisely defined terms and concepts, as well as detailed, up-to-date bibliographic information. Because of the different disciplines that gerontology encompasses, the definitions it uses can prove bewildering to students, scholars, and practitioners. Diana Harris is the first scholar to deal with this terminology in a comprehensive manner. Reflecting multidisciplinary perspectives and introducing standardization, her dictionary offers hundreds of precisely defined terms and concepts, as well as detailed, up-to-date bibliographic information.

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Contents

Elements and Processes in the Age Stratification Model
16
Diagram of the Demographic Transition
51
Diagram of the Ecological Model of Aging
61
Growth Characteristics of Human Cells in Tissue Culture
86
Diagram of Aging and Modernization Theory
120
Population Pyramidthe Age Distribution of the U S Population
139
Social Breakdown Syndrome as Applied to Old Age
165
Diagram of the Socioenvironmental Approach
172
The Rectangular Survival Curve
178
Name Index
189
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DIANA K. HARRIS teaches in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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