(noun) Theory asserting that an individual will gradually withdraw from society and social relationships as they get older.
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- Disengagement theory is compared and contrasted to activity theory and continuity theory as a functionalist theory of social gerontology.
- Word origin of “disengagement” and “theory” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Cumming, Elaine, and William E. Henry. 1961. Growing Old: The Process of Disengagement. New York: Basic Books.
- Quadagno, Jill S. 2014. Aging and the Life Course: An Introduction to Social Gerontology. New York: McGraw-Hill.
- activity theory
- continuity theory
- social gerontology
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