disengagement theory


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disengagement theory

the psychosocial concept that normally aging individuals and society mutually withdraw from normal interaction. The theory also assumes that older adults are a homogenous group whose members prefer the company of others of their own age. See also activity theory.
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Furthermore, moral disengagement theory could be applied to understand the progressive disengagement from moral standards by individuals in, for example, poor working conditions (Bandura, 1999).
Since then results from a ten year programme of interdisciplinary research which began in the USA in the late 1960s, led to a paradigm shift away from disengagement theory to "successful ageing" (Rowe & Kahn, 1998).
Apart from disengagement theory, which has been discredited as arbitrary, partial, and potentially oppressive (Hugman, 1999, p.
Written for specialists, though accessible to the lay reader, entries are included on such topics as ageism, alcohol use, ambulatory and outpatient care, caregiver burden, disengagement theory, and nutrition.