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Bengtson, Vern L.

Works: 55 works in 261 publications in 2 languages and 12,782 library holdings
Genres: Cross-cultural studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Longitudinal studies  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: HQ1061, 305.26
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Vern L Bengtson
Handbook of theories of aging by Vern L Bengtson( Book )

39 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and German and held by 1,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The field of gerontology has often been criticized for being "data-rich but theory-poor." The editors of this book address this issue by stressing the importance of theory in gerontology. While the previous edition focused on multidisciplinary approaches to aging theory, this new edition provides cross-disciplinary, integrative explanations of aging theory: The contributors of this text have reached beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries to partner with researchers in adjacent fields in studying aging and age-related phenomena." "This edition of the Handbook consists of 39 chapters written by 67 internationally recognized experts in the field of aging. It is organized in seven sections, reflecting the major theoretical developments in gerontology over the past 10 years."--Jacket
Emergent theories of aging( Book )

9 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aging : scientific perspectives and social issues by Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center( Book )

4 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grandparenthood by Vern L Bengtson( Book )

16 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How families still matter : a longitudinal study of youth in two generations by Vern L Bengtson( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How Families Still Matter casts doubt on much conventional wisdom about family decline during the last decades of the twentieth century. The authors draw from one of the longest-running longitudinal studies of families in the world - the Longitudinal Study of Generations, conducted at the University of Southern California - to discover whether parents are really less critical in shaping the life orientations and achievements of youth than they were a generation ago. Using survey data collected from as early as 1971, they compare the influence of parents (on self-confidence, values, and levels of achievement) on the Baby Boomer generation with that of Baby Boomer parents on their own Generation X children. The findings will be surprising to many readers."--Jacket
Sourcebook of family theory & research by Vern L Bengtson( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations, the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research is the reference work on theory and methods for family scholars and students around the world. This volume provides a diverse, eclectic, and paradoxically mature approach to theorizing and demonstrates how the development of theory is crucial to the future of family research. The Sourcebook reflects an interactive approach that focuses on the process of theory building and designing research, thereby engaging readers in "doing" theory rather than simply reading about it. The Sourcebook begins with a section that sets the context for future family research. The subsequent sections explore changing family patterns, changing family interactions within and across generations, and families and larger social forces. A concluding sections discusses issues of teaching family theories and research
The Changing contract across generations( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Generational conflict has attracted considerable attention in the media and within academic circles during the past decade. At the center of this collection of papers analyzing various facets of that conflict lie complex issues of generational equity - issues that will remain important for the framing of public policy during the 1990s. What do the young and the middle-aged owe the elderly? In discharging that debt, to what extent are they able to provide for their own old age in a climate of changing notions of welfare? What light do the longer perspectives of history shed on these issues? What role do kinship, gender, and economic status play?" "The papers commissioned by Bengtson and Achenbaum are intended to give greater analytic rigor to current debates. The volume is interdisciplinary not only by theoretical intent but by the practical imperatives of gerontology. More than a dozen sociologists, economists, historians, demographers, and policy analysts discuss the meanings and ambiguities that are inherent in terms such as "generation," "equity," "compact," "contract," and "conflict, "in order to assess how relations between the age groups seem to vary from one sociohistorical context to the next." "This distinguished group of contributors raises comparative issues throughout, assessing variations in generational ties by gender, race, class, and geographic location. Several project the extent to which recent changes in the political economy, public philosophy, and demographic structure of most "modern" societies presage greater conflicts, or greater consensus, in family members' relationships and social ties."--Jacket
Measurement of intergenerational relations( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The social psychology of aging by Vern L Bengtson( Book )

12 editions published between 1973 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adult intergenerational relations : effects of societal change by Adult intergenerational relations( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Families and faith : how religion is passed down across generations by Vern L Bengtson( Book )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For almost four decades, Vern Bengtson and his colleagues have been conducting the largest-ever study of religion and family across generations. Through war and social upheaval, depression and technological revolution, they have followed more than 350 families composed of more than 3,500 individuals whose lives span more than a century--the oldest was born in 1881, the youngest in 1988--to find out how religion is, or is not, passed down from one generation to the next. What they found may come as a surprise: despite enormous changes in American society, a child is actually more likely to remain within the fold than leave it, and even the nonreligious are more likely to follow their parents' example than to rebel. And while outside forces do play a role, the crucial factor in whether a child keeps the faith is the presence of a strong fatherly bond. Mixing unprecedented data with gripping interviews and sharp analysis, Families and Faith offers a fascinating exploration of what allows a family to pass on its most deeply-held tradition--its faith."
Adulthood and aging : research on continuities and discontinuities by Vern L Bengtson( Book )

14 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume distinguished scholars explore and apply the theoretical models of continuity and discontinuity to their research in adult development. The chapters address the different ways in which continuity is affected by change over the life course, as well as how individuals negotiate and maintain crucial continuities by adaptive change. Topics include adult life crises, illness, sibling relationships, and gender identity. Each chapter is followed by an insightful commentary. This book is a tribute to Bernice L. Neugarten for her contributions to the field of adult development, which inc
Aging in East and West : families, states, and the elderly by Vern L Bengtson( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The editors and contributors call attention to the varied effects of population aging in culturally diverse societies that are often at different stages or on different paths of economic development. Such analyses emphasize the ways in which cultural stereotypes of aging and the elderly complicate our understanding of the effects of world-wide population aging."--Jacket
Intergenerational linkages : hidden connections in American society by Vern L Bengtson( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Global aging and challenges to families( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychosocial needs of the aged: selected papers( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intergenerational relations and aging : a selected bibliography by Vern L Bengtson( Book )

6 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A faith for the generations : how collegiate experience impacts faith( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reshaping of our cultural and social landscape continues, creating unprecedented opportunities. But one question remains: Is a life of faith worth embracing? A Faith for the Generations explains how a Christian campus, a classroom, or even a simple mentoring relationship can flourish and serve in passing on faith to today's emerging adults. The essays included in this monograph cover a variety of topics related to the theme originally addressed at the 2014 Taylor University Higher Education Symposium: "A Faith for the Generations: How Collegiate Experience Impacts Faith." After this brief introductory chapter, the monograph--as did the symposium--begins with an interview with Christian Smith, previously noted as a key voice in the current dialogue regarding emerging adult spirituality. This interview is not only insightful, but it also creates an excellent context for what follows in subsequent chapters. -- Provided by publisher
Transportation, the diverse aged : policy report one, USC research program on social and cultural contexts of aging( Book )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Longitudinal Study of Generations 1971, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2005 [California]( )

in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Longitudinal Study of Generations (LSOG), initiated in 1971, began as a survey of intergenerational relations among 300 three-generation California families with grandparents (then in their sixties), middle-aged parents (then in their early forties), and grandchildren (then aged 15 to 26). The study broadened in 1991 and now includes a fourth generation, the great-grandchildren of these same families. The LSOG, with a fully elaborated generation-sequential design, allows comparisons of sets of aging parents and children at the same stage of life but during different historical periods. These comparisons make possible the investigation of the effects of social change on inter-generational solidarity or conflict across 35 years and four generations, as well as the effects of social change on the ability of families to buffer stressful life transitions (e.g., aging, divorce and remarriage, higher female labor force participation, changes in work and the economy, and possible weakening of family norms of obligation), and the effects of social change on the transmission of values, resources, and behaviors across generations. The LSOG contains information on family structure, household composition, affectual solidarity and conflict, values, attitudes, behaviors, role importance, marital relationships, health and fitness, mental health and well-being, caregiving, leisure activities, and life events and concerns. Demographic variables include age, sex, income, employment status, marital status, socioeconomic history, education, religion, ethnicity, and military service
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Handbook of theories of aging
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Bengtson, Vern

Bengtson, Vern 1941-

English (192)

German (1)

How families still matter : a longitudinal study of youth in two generationsSourcebook of family theory & researchAdult intergenerational relations : effects of societal changeAdulthood and aging : research on continuities and discontinuitiesAging in East and West : families, states, and the elderlyIntergenerational linkages : hidden connections in American society