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A Disengaged Look at Disengagement Theory

A Disengaged Look at Disengagement Theory This paper suggests that Disengagement Theory can be used as a theory of the middle-range, but not as a general theory about normal aging. This proposition is supported by an examination of key concepts, postulates and methods used to formulate the theory. By use of phenemological notions, we can see the concept of disengagement forces us to pay attention to the subjective meanings of aging people. It is necessary to disengage from the core statements of the theory and engage in a search for new methods to study the lived experiences of human beings in order to further our understandings of the processes of growing old. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Aging and Human Development SAGE

A Disengaged Look at Disengagement Theory

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 1975 SAGE Publications
ISSN
0091-4150
eISSN
1541-3535
DOI
10.2190/EYU8-B61Q-TMWT-LWJ8
pmid
1213850
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Abstract

This paper suggests that Disengagement Theory can be used as a theory of the middle-range, but not as a general theory about normal aging. This proposition is supported by an examination of key concepts, postulates and methods used to formulate the theory. By use of phenemological notions, we can see the concept of disengagement forces us to pay attention to the subjective meanings of aging people. It is necessary to disengage from the core statements of the theory and engage in a search for new methods to study the lived experiences of human beings in order to further our understandings of the processes of growing old.

Journal

The International Journal of Aging and Human DevelopmentSAGE

Published: Aug 1, 1975

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