(noun) “Theory which states that the elderly make specific choices to maintain consistency in internal (personality structure, beliefs) and external structures (relationships), remaining active and involved throughout their elder years” (OpenStax 2012).
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- Continuity theory is compared and contrasted to activity theory and disengagement theory as a functionalist theory of social gerontology.
- Atchley, R. C. 1989. “A Continuity Theory of Normal Aging.” The Gerontologist. 29(2): 183-190.
- Atchley, R. C. 1971. “Retirement and Leisure Participation: Continuity or Crisis?” The Gerontologist. 11(1 Part 1): 13-17.
- Gubrium, Jaber F., and James A. Holstein. 2000. Aging and Everyday Life. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
- Ryff, Carol D., and Victor W. Marshall. 1999. The Self and Society in Aging Processes. New York: Springer.
- activity theory
- disengagement theory
- social gerontology
OpenStax College. 2012. Theoretical Perspectives on Aging. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42973/1.3/).