||Special Research Methods for Gerontology
Edited by M. Powell Lawton and A. Regula Herzog
Society and Aging Series, Jon Hendricks, Series Editor
IN PRAISE OF
"Anyone doing research involving large samples, rare populations or longitudinal
designs needs to get this book. The practical hints (e.g., telephone surveys,
medical records, recruitment) are great."
—T.L. Brink, Ph.D., Editor, Clinical Gerontologist
"The editors deliver extremely well on their major objective of providing
very practical and concrete methodological suggestions and recommendations
based on the decades of experienced and expertise of the contributors to
this volume. In summary, this book fills an important void in the existing
methodological research literature available to experienced and novice
—Alan M. Jette, Disability Studies Quarterly
"The growth of the over-sixty-five population and the recognition
of the enormous implications of this growth for the wellbeing of our society
is the basis for this vital text. Each of the chapters in this volume is
interesting and worth reading in its own right. Thus, the book would seem
to belong on the shelf of most active researchers in the psychology and
sociology of aging."
—K. Warner Schaie, University of Pennsylvania
"Lawton and Herzog have taken their editorial role seriously... graduate
students interested in aging will gain much from a close reading of Special
Research Methods for Gerontology. Experienced researchers, both in and
out of gerontology, will find a good deal that is familiar, but also enough
that is new to make it worth their time."
—Stephen J. Cutler, University of Vermont
"(I) particularly liked the extended introductions to the sections
in this collection. This format provides a cognitive preparation for grasping
and retaining the content of the chapters, which is superior to the brief
editorial introductions for individual chapters often used in other collections...Lawton
and Herzog have given us a meaningful composite of practical wisdom and
examples upon which to model scientific behavior. This book deserves a
—John H. Newman, Department of Psychology, Mount Saint Mary's College
"With the expansion of the field of gerontology, we have seen a refinement
in research methods to study this population. Improved methods benefit
gerontology directly because research questions about the older adult can
be answered with increased accuracy. But they can also benefit researchers
from other fields, including mental health. M. Powell Lawton and A. Regula
Herzog have edited a compendium of geriatric research methods which accomplishes
both of these ends. Special Research Methods for Gerontology is
packed with important, and often technical, information. It is recommended
for gerontology and mental health educators and researchers."
—Jodi Carlson, MS, OTR/L,
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, Volume 15, Number 1 2000
ABOUT THE BOOK
The growth of the over sixty-five population and the recognition of the
enormous implications of this growth for the well-being of our society
is the basis for this vital text.
In earlier days of gerontology, research methods used were often simply
those same methods used in researching younger are groups. As one may clearly
surmise, the transferral of these traditional methods were apt to pose
some special problems when imported for use with the aged; traditional
methods had to be adjusted to take account of age related differences.
Research Methods for Gerontology recognizes the need to study older
people in their great variety as a broad class, as opposed to "the elderly".
The content of the volume deals with longitudinal studies, cross sectional
research, theory based methodological work, special methods and procedures
that contribute to the soundness of the design and research method.
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