The Psychology of Later Life: A Contextual Perspective (Paperback)
This book synthesizes decades of research in adult development and aging, reframing it with a unique three-part model that considers lifespan development, social and physical environment, and historical-cultural contexts. The authors explore multiple factors across the lifespan, beginning in early childhood, that influence older adults' cognitive and behavioral development, personality, and well-being. These include technological advances, societal views on aging, and education. They also discuss the challenges and opportunities of aging, promoting a nuanced understanding of successful, healthy aging.
About the Author
Manfred Diehl, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. He is a fellow of and served as president of APA's Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging). Dr. Diehl serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals on aging, including Psychology and Aging and the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. In 2018, he received the Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award from the Gerontological Society of America and in 2019 the Excellence in Faculty Research Award from the Colorado School of Public Health. Manfred Diehl lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. Hans-Werner Wahl, PhD, is a Senior Professor and Director of the Network Aging Research at Heidelberg University, Germany. His research interests include the influences of subjective aging and physical-technological environments on aging well and adaptational processes related to chronic functional loss. Dr. Wahl is a founding editor of the European Journal of Ageing and a member of the editorial board of The Gerontologist. He is also a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. He received the 2008 Social Gerontology Award (together with Manfred Diehl) and the 2019 IAGG-ER Advanced Scholar Award: Socio-Behavioral Sciences. Hans-Werner Wahl lives in Edingen-Neckarhausen, Germany.