SOCIAL EMOTIONAL PATTERNS IN ADULTHOOD

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL PATTERNS IN ADULTHOOD - SOCIAL EMOTIONAL...

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SOCIAL EMOTIONAL PATTERNS IN ADULTHOOD: SUPPORT FOR SOCIOEMOTIONAL SELECTIVITY THEORY LAURA L. CARSTENSEN Stanford University Background: ¢What is/are the cause(s) for the declining social interaction in seniors? (Generally, psychologists agree there is less rate social interaction in elderly people. But the nature of this decline is much debated. ) 2 theories: 1. Disengagement theory: Age causes aging people to create a distance between themselves and the society. (This distancing is a mutual withdrawal that represents a symbolic preparation for death. However, there are many contradictions to this. For example, “emotional withdrawal in old age” is unsupported by explicit evidence. ) - Activity theory: As people age, they give up many social roles (such as retiring from work, becoming widows or widowers, drop out of professional and other organizations, leave clubs union, and so on), challenging their sense of identity, and their health may decline. These physical and social burdens cause the
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2009 for the course JAPAN 1b taught by Professor Tomizuka during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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