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Environmental gerontology

Allison E. Smith

in Ageing in urban neighbourhoods

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422712
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301448 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422712.003.0002
Environmental gerontology

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This chapter examines the theoretical and empirical literature on ‘the person’ and ‘the environment’. It re-evaluates the contribution of Lawton and Nahemow's (1973) Ecological Model of Ageing to environmental gerontological thinking; this focuses on concepts of personal competence and environmental press, and the docility and proactivity hypotheses. It reviews the literature on ‘ageing in place’ and ‘place in ageing’, which draws primarily on the work of Rowles and his concept of ‘insideness’. It concludes with an identification and discussion of shortfalls and gaps in knowledge within the current literature.

Keywords: environmental gerontology; proactivity; personal competence; environmental press; docility; place; ageing; insideness

Chapter.  11892 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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