20 Adult Development and Aging

Health Psychology


  1. Ilene C. Siegler PhD, MPH1,
  2. Merrill F. Elias PhD, MPH2,
  3. Beverly H. Brummett PhD3,
  4. Hayden B. Bosworth PhD4

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop209020

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Siegler, I. C., Elias, M. F., Brummett, B. H. and Bosworth, H. B. 2012. Adult Development and Aging. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 9:IV:20.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Duke University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Durham, North Carolina, USA

  2. 2

    The University of Maine, Department of Psychology and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Orono, Maine, USA

  3. 3

    Duke University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine Research Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA

  4. 4

    Duke University, Durham VAMC, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


In this chapter, we address research and theory in adult development and aging that have the potential to be important for aging research in health psychology and for opportunities for practice in clinical health psychology of aging in the decade ahead. These areas include (a) personality and prediction of disease, especially the potential for early Alzheimer's disease and other dementias; (b) cognitive declines leading to physical health changes and the implications for research and treatment; (c) the importance of positive emotions in developmental health psychology; and (d) health services research, multimorbidity, and delivery of care in the context of self-management of chronic diseases—an applied branch of health psychology.


  • adult development;
  • personality;
  • dementia;
  • cognitive decline;
  • self-management