Theory, explanation, and a third generation of theoretical development in social gerontology.

@article{Bengtson1997TheoryEA,
  title={Theory, explanation, and a third generation of theoretical development in social gerontology.},
  author={Vern L. Bengtson and Ellen Burgess and Tonya M. Parrott},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences},
  year={1997},
  volume={52 2},
  pages={S72-88}
}
Efforts at cumulative knowledge building in social gerontology have been lax, judging from research articles published in journals between 1990 and 1994. Too little attention has been paid to the cumulative development of theory; readers are left with many empirical generalizations but underdeveloped explanations by which to interpret findings and build upon them in subsequent research. To assist future theory development in social gerontology, we review seven theoretical perspectives… CONTINUE READING

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