Life-Span Perspectives and Social Psychology

Life-Span Perspectives and Social Psychology

Life-Span Perspectives and Social Psychology

Life-Span Perspectives and Social Psychology

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Ronald P. Abeles Behavioral sciences Research National institte on Aging

This volume considers some possible contributions of life-span perspectives to social psychology through a series of conceptual and empirical essays. This exploration is not systematic nor inclusive in the sense of covering all the topics that comprise the social psychological enterprise. Instead, a few major topical areas of current and continuing interest to social psychology are considered. The authors believe that social psychology has much to gain from life-span perspectives. Thus, the volume is an attempt to bring "time" into social psychology (as practiced by psychologists).

This introductory chapter describes the basic premises of life-span perspectives and the atemporal nature of contemporary social psychology, and it concludes with an overview of the subsequent chapters.

LIFE-SPAN PERSPECTIVES

Behavioral and social scientists concerned with human development have traditionally focused their greatest attention upon infancy, childhood, and adolescence. They assumed that most significant social, emotional, and cognitive . . .

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