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The subject matter of this Handbook deals with one of the most challenging issues for societies in the 21st Century, namely, the social, economic and cultural changes associated with individual ageing and the rapidly growing reality of the ageing of human populations. The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology provides a comprehensive overview of key trends and issues in the field of ageing, drawing upon the full range of social science disciplines. The volume reflects the emergence of ageing as a global concern, drawing upon international scholars from Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America. The book is organized into five parts, each exploring different aspects of research into social aspects of ageing: · Disciplinary overviews: summaries of findings from key disciplinary areas within social gerontology · ...

Stress and Agentic Ageing: A Targeted Adaptation Model Focused on Cancer
Stress and agentic ageing: A targeted adaptation model focused on cancer
Introduction

Stress research is a highly interdisciplinary field of study, drawing on the works of psychologists, sociologists, medical researchers, and organizational analysts. The stress paradigm is recognized as a useful framework for understanding quality of life outcomes for older adults who face challenges ranging from physical illness and increasing frailty to social losses (Kahana and Kahana, 2003). This framework has offered constructs that can connect with broader theoretical formulations, and can also be empirically tested (Pearlin et al., 1981). Although stress research has been fraught with definitional problems and ambiguities in both conceptualization and measurement, the stress model has remained attractive to researchers due to ...

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