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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