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November 26, 1949

Personal Adjustment in Old Age

JAMA. 1949;141(13):955-956. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910130069034

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The literature of gerontology, the science of aging, is growing rapidly in all of the three major categories into which this immense field is divided: the biology of senescence, clinical geriatric medicine and sociologic gerontology. The present volume is a report of studies made by a group of sociologists from the University of Chicago. According to the authors the book has three purposes: to define and analyze the problems of personal adjustment in old age, to present data from census reports anent the magnitude of the problem and information gleaned from a special study of nearly 3,000 old persons made by the group and to describe and evaluate two questionnaire instruments (Inventory of Activities and Index of Attitudes) employed in making the survey.

The volume contains many "facts," but some of them are of questionable validity; the data are insufficiently correlated and inadequately summarized. Unfortunately none of the participants of

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