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“This book is particularly relevant now as the baby-boomer generation is aging and a greater proportion of the world's population is growing older. Interpersonal communication is clearly the most critical process for promoting social integration and adaptation of older adults within society. Yet understanding of the complex dynamics of interpersonal communication with the elderly is severely limited and the aged are often stigmatized, stereotyped, and isolated. This book will help clarify the role of communication in effective social integration and adaptation of the aged by providing comprehensive and in-depth analyses of relevant research and theory. The book integrates information on the most important issues and contexts influencing interpersonal communication and aging and the individual chapters are written by an excellent group of authors who have ...

Friendship in Older Adulthood
Friendship in older adulthood

An important feature of this book is the fine collection of scholar-authors representing numerous disciplines who have contributed original chapters. The rich diversity of theoretical and methodological perspectives highlighted by these scholars adds both conceptual breadth and depth to the book that would be absent without such an interdisciplinary emphasis. This particular chapter, concentrating upon friendship in older adulthood, could not have been written without my being able to gather information from throughout the entirety of social science literature. The friendship relationship, which was virtually ignored by social scientists for the first 70 years of this century, has produced a massive and impressive amount of interdisciplinary empirical investigation within the past two decades. This surge of interest is ...

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