In this multidisciplinary portrait of men and their concerns in later life, the contributors use both a life course and gendered perspective to point out that the image and self-image of men are continually reconstructed throughout the life cycle. Issues examined include: the position of older men in society and the changes wrought in their status and roles over time; men's relationships to spouse, children, grandchildren and friends; and policy implications.

“Successful Aging” and Psychosocial Well-Being: Evidence from a 45-Year Study

“Successful Aging” and Psychosocial Well-Being: Evidence from a 45-Year Study

“Successful aging” and psychosocial well-being: Evidence from a 45-year study
George E.Vaillant

As we go through life, we see vigorous, happy, generative octogenarians, and we ask, What were the relevant antecedents? A definitive answer is not possible. But if gerontology is to understand successful adaptation to aging as well as it understands unsuccessful aging, then the parameters and antecedents of successful aging must be addressed.

Aging must always be studied as a process, for aging conveys change. Older men have a past and a future. Longitudinal study is also necessary to assess predictive validity, the closest we will ever have to a “gold standard” with which to assess value-laden judgments such as relative “success in life.” For this ...

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