Title Understanding Communication and Aging, 2/e
Subtitle Developing Knowledge and Awareness
Author Jake Harwood
ISBN 9781516521296
List price USD 101.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 340
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Cognella Academic Publishing (Eurospan Group)
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Understanding Communication and Aging: Developing Knowledge and Awareness explores communication in older adulthood, particularly in the areas of interpersonal, intercultural, and mass communication, and includes coverage of communication using new technology. The book synthesizes existing research, and builds a case for more positive attitudes towards aging and for the power of communication to shape such attitudes.

A succinct mix of the conceptual and the practical, Understanding Communication and Aging acknowledges the importance of theory yet also emphasizes that communication and aging is inherently an applied field of study. This approach is reinforced through discussion of applied issues such as health communication and age-related prejudice and discrimination, all supported with concrete examples. Chapters include profiles of older adults and their significant achievements, literary and artistic depictions of aging, and information boxes that discuss myths about aging and keys to aging successfully. There are also numerous exercises and activities to engage readers in learning actively.

Forward thinking in approach and coverage, Understanding Communication and Aging is ideal for courses in communication, gerontology, nursing, and family studies.



Part 1: Introduction to the Study of Aging and Intergenerational Communication

Chapter 1. Perspectives on Aging • Why Study Aging? • Approaches to Aging • Biological/Biomedical Approaches • Psychological Approaches • Sociological Approaches • Lifespan Developmental Approaches • Methods for Studying Aging

Chapter 2. A Communication Approach to Aging • Decline in Communication • Normal Aging • Pathological Aging: The Case of Alzheimer’s Disease • Counterpoint: A Positive Research Agenda on Aging • Approaches to Communication and Aging • Interpersonal Communication • Mass Communication • Intergroup Communication • Key Propositions Guiding the Book: A Communication Approach • Communication Reflects and Shapes Our Understanding of Aging • Communication Shapes People’s Experience of Aging • Age-Group Memberships Are Fundamentally Important to Our Sense of Self •
Age-Group Memberships Influence Communication Phenomena

Part 2: Attitudes about Aging and Interpersonal Communication

Chapter 3. Stereotypes and Attitudes About Aging and Intergenerational Communication • Distinguishing Stereotypes and Attitudes • Attitudes Concerning Aging • Stereotypes of Aging • Age Identity—Talkin’ ‘bout My Generation • Social Mobility • Social Creativity • Social Competition • Cognitive Representations of Intergenerational Communication • Why Do Negative Attitudes and Stereotypes Matter?

Chapter 4. Aging, Identity, Attitudes, and Intergenerational Communication • Communication Accommodation Theory • The Communication Predicament of Aging (CPA) Model • The Age Stereotypes in Interaction Model • Supporting Dependency • Other Dimensions of Accommodation • Age Identity: Disclosing and Concealing Age in Communication

Chapter 5. Intragenerational Relationships in Older Adulthood • Marital Relationships in Old Age • Intragenerational Friendships in Old Age • Sibling Relationships

Chapter 6. Intergenerational Relationships in Older Adulthood • Grandparenting • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren • The Parent-Child Relationship in Older Adulthood • Intergenerational Friendships

Chapter 7. Enhancing Communication with Older Adults • Change in Young People: The Influence of Intergenerational Contact on Attitudes • Communication and Intergenerational Contact • Perceptions of Variability • Ending the Predicament: The Communication Enhancement Model • Change in Older Adults: Confronting Patronizing Talk • Passive Responses • Aggressive (Confrontational) Responses • Assertive Responses • Humorous Responses • Communication Skills and Communication Training

Part 3: Social Representations and Mass Communication

Chapter 8. Mass Communication Portrayals of Older Adults • Underrepresentation • Negative Representation • Health • Lead Versus Peripheral Roles • Humor • Messages About the Aging Process • Positive Portrayals • Exceptional Characters • Central Characters • Humorous Characters • Advertising • Political Power • The Media Industry

Chapter 9. Uses and Effects of Media • Age Differences in Media Use • Quantity of Television Viewing: Older People as “Embracers” of Television • What Older Adults Watch • Other Media • Uses and Gratifications Theory • Media Effects • Effects on Younger Viewers • Effects on Older Viewers • Older People as “Embracers” of Television?

Chapter 10. Culture, Communication, and Aging • East Asia • South Asia (India) • United States Latino Culture • Native American Cultures • Globalization and Transcultural Themes

Part 4: Contexts of Communication in Older Adulthood

Chapter 11. Health and Health Care • Physician–Older Patient Interaction • The Nature of Physician-Older Patient Interaction • Physician Factors • Patient Factors • Companions • Improving Physician-Older Patient Encounters: The Physician’s Role • Improving Physician-Older Patient Encounters: The Patient’s Role • Satisfaction • Beyond Communication: Older Medical • Manifestations of Ageism • Support Groups for Caregivers • Elder Abuse • Death and Dying • Additional Topics

Chapter 12. Technology • Stereotypes of Older Adults’Technological Competence • The Reality of Older Adults’ Computer Use • Barriers • Increasing Use • What Do Older People Do on the Internet? • Identity and Functions of Internet Use • Technology and the Workplace

Part 5: Conclusion

Chapter 13. The Future of Aging: Yours and Ours • Aging in Individual and Societal Context • What Can You Do Now?




About the Author:

Jake Harwood earned his Ph.D. in communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Currently a professor of communication at the University of Arizona, Dr. Harwood teaches courses in intergenerational communication, communication and music, and research methods. He has authored or coauthored books on intergroup communication as well as communication and aging, and serves as coeditor of the
Oxford Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communication. He has contributed articles to Communication Research, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and other notable journals. Dr. Harwood’s research focuses on intergroup and intergenerational communication, and the intersection of music and communication.

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of Psychology and Counseling.


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