The Berlin Aging Study: Aging from 70 to 100 by Paul B. Baltes (editor), Karl Ulrich Mayer (editor)

By Paul B. Baltes (editor), Karl Ulrich Mayer (editor)

This publication offers the result of an intensive examine of previous age and getting older, starting from 70 to a hundred years, that used to be conducted by way of psychologists, sociologists, physicians, and scientists from a number of different disciplines. A random pattern of greater than 500 senior citizens of the previous West Berlin have been tested extensive. issues investigated contain highbrow talents, self and character, social relationships, actual wellbeing and fitness, scientific therapy and care, psychological issues equivalent to melancholy and dementia, socioeconomic stipulations, daily competence, subjective health and wellbeing, and gender ameliorations.

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1988; Birren, 1959; Maddox, 1987). Therefore, gerontologists strive for comparable statistical power for the analysis of age effects. In general, two age samples of equal size are most useful for such age comparisons. 1. The design of the Berlin Aging Study and its prototypical questions. In each of the age-bygender cells, 43 participants were examined (N=516). Scientific field Life history (retrospective) Age/cohort groups 70-74 75-79 80-84 85-89 90-94 95+ Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Psychiatry Psychology Sociology and Social Policy 1.

We also included some of the topics central to the Bonn Gerontological Longitudinal Study (Lehr & Thomae, 1987; Thomae, 1976). Instruments were selected and developed to accommodate a wide range of psychological functioning and to allow comparison with younger age groups. 5. " Possible selves NEO PANASb Closeness/distance Size Age structure Losses Homogeneity Social network and support questionnaire Note. To illustrate the depth of assessment, more details are given for selected topics or constructs (in italics).

In the end, however, only the quality of our work and publications will show to what degree we have been successful in our efforts at interdisciplinarity. At the same time, interdisciplinarity should not be the primary assessment criterion. As one of the reviewers of our first larger publication on BASE (P. B. , 1993) pointed out, interdisciplinarity is not the only goal of a study that involves collaboration among scientists from rather diverse disciplines. This collaboration can also reflect the added value of studying "in an integrated design the sociological, psychological, and medical facets of aging," thereby focusing on "wholism and integration" without expecting interdisciplinarity in the theoretical sense (cf.

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