Discuss several contributing factors to disengagement and activity in the later years. Compare and contrast how disengagement theory and activity theory relate to employment. What do you find helpful or not helpful about each of these theories?

Course Overview:Welcome to your Capella University online course, HS5526 – The Family in Later Life.

Family is an enduring social institution which provides a connection to our past, present, and future. The topic of families forces us to question our origins, lineage, and future. This course places emphasis on the family in the later years, acknowledging the reality of an increasingly aging society. The course will examine societal, cultural and ethnic, socioeconomic, psychological, environmental, and community issues and special concerns of later-life families.
Coursepack: (books)
Antonucci, T., & Jackson, J. (2003).Ethnic and cultural differences in intergenerational social support.In V. Bengston, & A. Lowenstein (Eds.), Global aging and challenges to families (pp. 355–370). New York: A. Walter de Gruyter, Inc.
Crow, G., & Maclean, C. (2004).Families and local communities. In J. Scott, J. Treas, & M. Richards (Eds.), The Blackwell companion to the sociology of families (pp. 69–80). Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell Publishing. Print ISBN: 9780631221586. Online ISBN: 9780470999004.
Articles: The following required readings are provided for you in the Capella University Library. Ask a Librarian for assistance with any of these resources.
Baltes, M. M., & Lang, F. R. (1997). Everyday functioning and successful aging: The impact of resources. Psychology and Aging, 12(3), 433–443. doi: 10.1017/0882-7974.12.3.433
Burton, A. M., Haley, W. E., Small, B. J., Finley, M. R., Dillinger-Vasille, M., &Schonwetter, R. (2008). Predictors of well-being in bereaved former hospice caregivers: The role of caregiving stressors, appraisals, and social resources. Palliative & Supportive Care, 6(2), 149–158. doi: 10.1017/S1478951508000230
Ellenwood, A. E., & Jenkins, J. E.(2007). Implementation of the intervention-based family assessment procedure: A case study. American Journal of Family Therapy, 35(5), 403–415.
Goldman, G. D. (2003). Family assessment handbook. Research on Social Work Practice, 13(5), 667–669.
Klaus, D. (2009). Why do adult children support their parents? Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 40(2), 227–241.
Kropf, N. (2006). Community caregiving partnerships in aging: Promoting alliance to support care providers. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 14(1/2), 325–338.
Reid, W., Kenaley, B., Colvin, J., & Fortune, A. (2004). Do some interventions work better than others? A review of comparative social work experiments. Social Work Research, 28(2), 71–81.
Roberto, K., Blieszner, R., & Allen, K. (2006).Theorizing in family gerontology: New opportunities for research and practice. Family Relations, 55(5), 513–525.



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