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Susan Kemper

In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

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Gendering the Psychology of Aging
Gendering the Psychology of Aging
Susan Kemper
Introduction

Gender is of broad interest in psychology as well as in gerontology, yet it is rarely addressedin the psychology of aging. In The Handbook of the Psychology of Aging, Huyck (1990)contributed a chapter on gender to the 3rd edition and Sinnott and Shifren (2001) contributed achapter on gender to the 5th edition, but gender was not addressed in other editions; indeed,gender does not even appear in the topic indices of most editions. I address this neglect bysummarizing what is known about how the psychologies of aging and gender intersect. Many questionsremain unresolved: there is an insufficiency of available data in some areas, and integrativeanalyses and meta-analytic investigations have not kept pace with the rapid ...

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