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Thornton, James E.; Collins, John B.; Birren, James E.; Svensson, Cheryl – International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 2011
The developmental exchange is a central feature of social development, interpersonal dynamics, situated learning, and personal transformation. It is the enabling process in Guided Autobiography (GAB) settings that promotes the achievement of personal goals and group accomplishments. Nevertheless, these exchanges are embedded in the GAB structures…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Social Development, Self Concept, Socialization
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Birren, James E. – American Psychologist, 1983
Suggests that since the population of older persons is growing, psychologists must be trained to serve as consultants for the development of health and social services, social security plans, housing, and other programs. (Author/AOS)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adjustment Counselors, Aging (Individuals), Geriatrics
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Birren, James E. – Human Development, 1980
Proposes a biobehavioral view of research on aging which suggests that behavior depends upon the limits set by genetic heritage, the modifications and reinforcements of physical and social environments, and the self-concept achieved through the integration of past life experiences. (Author/SS)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Gerontology, Heredity, Older Adults
Birren, James E.; And Others – 1981
This Technical Committee Report provides an overview and historical sketch of research in aging and proposes a need for new knowledge. An examination of key issues notes the difficulty in assigning priority to research topics, and identifies emerging issues of public concern including: (1) physical health (alcohol and drugs, falls and accidents,…
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Behavioral Science Research, Health Needs, Housing
Reedy, Margaret N.; Birren, James E. – 1978
Identification of age differences as a major characteristic of satisfying heterosexual love relationships was investigated. Married couples (N=102), divided equally into three groups, i.e., young, middle-aged, and older adults, completed a 108-item instrument, rating each statement in terms of how well it described their current love relationship.…
Descriptors: Adults, Age Differences, Behavior Patterns, Comparative Analysis
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Cunningham, Walter R.; Birren, James E. – Developmental Psychology, 1976
This article deals with methodological issues involved in conducting longitudinal research on the effects of aging. (JMB)
Descriptors: Human Development, Longitudinal Studies, Research Design, Research Methodology
Birren, James E.; Woodruff, Diana S. – New York University Education Quarterly, 1973
Article explores the necessity for recognizing the continuing educational needs of our older citizens and presents the benefits of satisfying those needs. (RK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Developmental Tasks, Educational Attitudes, Educational Development
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Ruth, Jan-Erik; Birren, James E. – International Journal of Behavioral Development, 1985
Young adults, middle-aged, and old persons (n=150) participated in a study of creativity and age. Results showed age differences in creativity to the disadvantage of the old. Reduced speed of information processing, lower level of complexity, and decreased willingness to risk original solutions by age are offered as explanations. (Author/AS)
Descriptors: Adults, Age Differences, Aging (Individuals), Creativity
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Woodruff, Diana S.; Birren, James E. – Developmental Psychology, 1972
Authors suggest that separating the effects of age changes and cohort differences in personality can add new dimensions to the existing body of developmental literature on personality. (Authors/MB)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Comparative Analysis, Cross Sectional Studies, Literature Reviews
Welford, A. T., Ed.; Birren, James E., Ed – 1969
Drawn from a 1967 conference on gerontology, these 11 papers consider the nature of age changes (for better or worse) in high grade intellectual work and decision making of the kind found in industrial management and comparable walks of life. The first paper draws implications for higher intellectual activities from existing knowledge of age…
Descriptors: Administrators, Age, Bibliographies, Cognitive Processes