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By L. Eugene Thomas, Susan A. Eisenhandler

Getting older and faith has been badly ignored within the box of Gerontology. This e-book, containing thirteen chapters of unique conception and examine, is dedicated to knowing where that faith and spirituality carry within the lives of aged folks. The authors, every one specialists of their personal box, technique this factor from their backgrounds within the social sciences and the arts. total this can be a ground-breaking assortment: it's one of many first makes an attempt to hunt to appreciate the position that faith performs within the lives of aged folks. according to their a number of multi-disciplinary views, the authors utilize numerous qualitative and quantitative methodologies in addition to own narrative and literature to grapple with this factor. ultimately, the booklet is exclusive in that it addresses students and scholars, together with the knowledgeable layman, instead of the pro on my own.

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Noting that there appear to be changes in the quality of religious attachment, as well, he suggests that what is most needed is a study of religion in the elderly, since "the psychology of religions [has] been skewed by disproportionate preoccupation with college students, children and early life stages" (p. 179). Values and Psychosocial Development 11 CONCLUSION In the article quoted above, Pruyser observes that persons who are bright and well educated often remain undeveloped in their religious ideas and beliefs.

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One needs to examine the root sources of the ways a culture interprets the fundamental human tension between the need for connection and the inevitable experience of disconnection or separateness, particularly in later life. For example, it may matter little whether or not an older adult possesses personality characteristics associated with loneliness if a society assumes that the old are "other" and thus isolates them with institutionalized ageism. Another problem with stressing the personal variable without consideration of the sociocultural context derives from the description of modern, individualistic societies as reinforcing the fear of aloneness.

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