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(p. 14) The Field of Geropsychology 

(p. 14) The Field of Geropsychology
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(p. 14) The Field of Geropsychology
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Sara Honn Qualls

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195385670.003.0002
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date: 02 April 2020

The development of competencies in geropsychology represents another key step in the maturation of the professional practice of psychology with older adults. The science and practice of psychology related to aging expanded rapidly in the second half of the 20th century, marking several other key steps of maturation, all of which readied the field to define the competencies needed to practice in this discipline. This chapter identifies the discipline of geropsychology (The Psychology of Aging) as a distinct discipline in research and practice, articulates central tenets of the theoretical framework, and explores overlaps with related disciplines.

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