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Hardback 768 pp.
7" x 10"



Publication date:
March 2012

Imprint: OUP US

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The Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging

Edited by Jerry W. Hedge and Walter C. Borman

Series : Oxford Library of Psychology

The area of work and aging is complex and multi-faceted. Its foundation is formed by a wide array of disciplines that both contribute to the complexity of its understanding, and offer fertile promise for research, development, and application in the years ahead. With an ever-growing population of older workers, many of whom are suggesting they will likely continue to work past traditional retirement age, it becomes all the more important that we increase our efforts to develop a more thorough understanding of older workers, the nature of their interactions with work and the organizations for which they work, and the process of transitioning to retirement. Clearly, there are huge societal and global challenges that will both inform and influence research and application at the individual and organizational levels.

The Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging examines the aging workforce from an individual worker, organization, and societal perspective, and offers both an integration of current cross-disciplinary knowledge, and a roadmap for where research and application should be focused in the future to address issues of an aging workforce. The volume is divided into six core sections: demography, theoretical and methodological issues, the older worker, organizational strategies for an older workforce, individual and organizational perspectives on work and retirement, and societal perspectives with an aging workforce. Bringing together seasoned authors from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, new approaches to recruiting, workplace flexibility, and the right mix of benefits and incentives are presented as a way of engaging an older workforce.

Readership : The primary audience for this volume includes members of gerontology and life-span related academic departments, those in the fields of psychology and sociology, and, to some extent, human resource managers, business consultants, and professional associations.

Section I. Introduction
1. Jerry W. Hedge and Walter C. Borman: Work and Aging: Introduction
Section II. Demographic Perspectives
2. David R Phillips and Oi-ling Siu: Global Aging and Aging Workers
3. Victoria Albright: Workforce Demographics in the U. S.: Occupational Trends, Work Rates, and Retirement Projections in the U.S.
4. Vegard Skirbekk, Elke Loichinger, Bilal F. Barakat: The Aging of the Workforce in European Countries: Demographic Trends, Retirement Projections, and Retirement Policies
5. Paul T. Van Katwyk: The Changing Workforce Demographics in Asia Pacific: A Diversity of Work and Retirement Trends
6. Steven F. Cronshaw: Aging Workforce Demographics in Canada: Occupational Trends, Work Rates, and Retirement Projections
Section III. Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives on Workforce
7. Boris B. Baltes, Cort W. Rudolph, and Annie C. Bal: A Review of Aging Theories and Modern Work Perspectives
8. Thomas W. H. Ng and Daniel C. Feldman: Aging and Participation in Career Development Activities
9. Brendan M. Baird, Lindsay Pitzer, Alissa Russell, & Cindy S. Bergeman: Studying the Aging Worker: Research Designs and Methodologies
10. Alexander R. Schwall: Defining Age, and Using Age-relevant Constructs
11. Elissa L. Perry, Gina Dokko, and Frank D. Golom: The Aging Worker and Person-Environment Fit
Section IV. The Older Worker
12. Julie A. Maertens, Stefanie E. Putter, Peter Y. Chen, Manfred Diehl, and Yueng-Hsiang (Emily) Huang: Physical Capabilities and Occupational Health of Older Workers
13. Tracey E. Rizzuto, Katie E. Cherry, and Jared A. LeDoux: The Aging Process and Cognitive Capabilities
14. Eric D. Heggestad and Ashley M. Andrew: Aging, Personality and Work Attitudes
15. Michael A. McDaniel, Bryan J. Pesta, and George C. Banks: Job Performance and the Aging Worker
16. Richard A. Posthuma, Mar¡a Fernanda Garc¡a and Michael A. Campion: Age Stereotypes and Workplace Age Discrimination: A Framework for Future Research
17. Ute-Christine Klehe, Jessie Koen, and Irene E. De Pater: Ending on the scrap heap? The experience of job-loss and job-search among older workers
18. Lori Foster Thompson and Christopher B. Mayhorn: Aging Workers and Technology
Section V. Organizational Strategies for an Older Workforce
19. Martin M. Greller: Workforce Planning with an Aging Workforce
20. Filip Lievens, Greet Van Hoye, Hannes Zacher: Recruiting/Hiring of Older Workers
21. Cheryl Paullin and Deborah L. Whetzel: Retention Strategies and Older Workers
22. Lloyd Baird and Darrell Griffin: Dynamic Learning: Discovering, Applying, and Updating Knowledge Faster than the Speed of Change
23. Margaret E. Beier, Mark S. Teachout, and Cody B. Cox: The Training and Development of an Aging Workforce
24. Sven Voelpel, Anne Sauer, and Torsten Biemann: Career Planning for Mid- and Late-Career Workers
25. Joseph Sharit and Sara J. Czaja: Job Design and Re-design for Older Workers
26. Arlene Pace Green, Laura Mastrangelo Eigel, Jacquelyn Boone James, Danielle Hartmann, and Katie Malter: Multiple Generations in the Workplace: Exploring the Research, Influence of Stereotypes, and Organizational Applications
Section VI. Perspectives on Work and Retirement
27. Tammy D. Allen and Kristen M. Shockley: Older Workers and Work-Family Issues
28. Helen Dennis and Kathryn E. Thomas: Retirement Planning: New Context, Process, Language and Players
29. Phyllis Moen: Retirement Dilemmas and Decisions
30. Mo Wang: Health, Fiscal, and Psychological Well-Being in Retirement
Section VII. Societal Perspective on Work and Retirement
31. Lauren Eyster, Demetra Smith Nightingale, and Jacqueline Nidoh: Aging Workers, Demographic Subgroups, and Differential Work and Retirement Opportunities
32. Arthur Gutman: Age-based Laws, Rules and Regulations in the United States
33. Sewin Chan: The Fiscal Challenge of an Aging Population in the U. S.
34. Marilyn Moon: Entitlement Programs, Retirement-related Policies and Governmental Politics
35. Tay K. McNamara, Joelle M. Sano, and John B. Williamson: The Pros and Cons of Pro-Work Policies and Programs for Older Workers
Section VIII. Thoughts and Future Directions
36. Jerry W. Hedge and Walter C. Borman: Advancing Research and Application in Work and Aging

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Jerry W. Hedge, Ph.D., is currently a program director and senior research manager within the Social and Statistical Sciences group at RTI International. Walter C. Borman, Ph.D., is currently Chief Scientist of Personnel Decisions Research Institutes and is Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of South Florida.

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Special Features

  • The volume is very multidisciplinary, and presents essential individual, organizational, societal, and international perspectives on the topic of work and aging.
  • Emphasizes both current state of knowledge, and roadmap for future research and application.