Unformatted text preview: between individuals and groups. • Socioeconomic-environmental studies look at the effects of aging on social institutions. Sociologists define a social institution as a pattern of social interaction that has relatively stable structure and persists overtime. • Social gerontology makes up a part of the total body of gerontological knowledge.it includes the psychosocial, the socioeconomic-environmental, and practice –related studies of aging. • Theories often start with beliefs common sense ideas, or hunches. • Theories help researchers organize and give focus to their work • Some gerontologists borrow theories from sociology and psychology and apply them to the study of aging. • Gerontologists create theories to help them explain a set of facts....
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- Spring '11
- Sociology, late nineteenth century, relatively stable structure, practice –related studies, beliefs common sense