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Psychologies of Ageing

Theory, Research and Practice

  • Elizabeth Peel
  • Carol Holland
  • Michael Murray
  • With a foreword by Christine Bryden

  • Discusses the theoretical, conceptual, empirical, and practical issues relating to ageing

  • Brings within reach excellent examples from multiple perspectives on the psychology of ageing

  • Offers multi-disciplinary insight for social workers and health professionals as well as researchers in the social sciences and medicine


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Michael Murray, Carol Holland, Elizabeth Peel
    Pages 1-17
  3. Social and Critical Psychology

  4. Cognitive and Biological Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Anna C. Whittaker
      Pages 107-130
    3. Jordan Elliott-King, Daniele Magistro, Eef Hogervorst
      Pages 131-156
    4. Carol Holland, Ian Garner, Holly Gwyther
      Pages 157-185
  5. Community and Political Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Charles Musselwhite
      Pages 221-252
    3. Katie Wright-Bevans, Michael Murray
      Pages 253-281
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 283-289

About this book


This book brings together a diversity of perspectives on the psychology of ageing. Exploring theoretical, conceptual, empirical and practical viewpoints on the topic, the authors offer insight into a range of contemporary issues. Dedicated chapters discuss themes within social and critical psychology such as ageing identities, sexuality and empathy in palliative care. The second part of the book analyses cognitive and biological aspects of ageing, including stress and health in ageing, dementia and lifestyle, and resilience in frailty in old age. The authors conclude by offering perspectives on community and political psychology, examining home and community supports for older people. Written in an accessible style suitable for students as well as researchers in psychology and the social sciences interested in ageing, this book showcases key theoretical, empirical, and practical issues in later life.


ageing studies cognition in older people critical psychology biological psychology health in ageing active ageing dementia community psychology political psychology Empathy in palliative care Stress and the immune system negative social representations of ageing age-friendly cities Critical social psychology Alzheimer’s Disease and Ageing New Dynamics of Ageing Environmental psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Peel
    • 1
  • Carol Holland
    • 2
  • Michael Murray
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  2. 2.School of Health and MedicineLancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  3. 3.School of PsychologyKeele UniversityNewcastle-under-LymeUK

About the editors

Elizabeth Peel is Professor in Communication and Social Interaction at Loughborough University, UK. Her most recent books are Ageing and Sexualities (with Rosie Harding) and Critical Kinship Studies (with Damien W. Riggs). 

Carol Holland is Professor of Ageing at Lancaster University, UK, and Director of the Centre for Ageing Research. She is a co-ordinator for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. 

Michael Murray is Professor of Social and Health Psychology at Keele University, UK. He has co-authored Health Psychology (5 editions) and co-edited Critical Health Psychology and Qualitative Health Psychology (with Kerry Chamberlain). 

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