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Conceptualizing Time and Behaviour in Environmental Gerontology: A Pair of Old Issues Deserving New Thought

The Gerontologist

Author: Golant, S.M.
Year: 2003
Type: Journal Article


Architects, environmental designers, occupational therapists, and human service professionals are variously engaged in efforts to create settings for older persons that better fit their changing lifestyles and abilities. This theoretical article argues that to explain and predict more effectively the appropriateness of the settings occupied and used by their older occupants requires models and empirical inquiries that better conceptualize two areas of inquiry: (a) the temporal properties of environments and individuals and (b) the conceptualization of environmental behaviors or activities describing how individuals use, manipulate, or perform tasks in their settings. The types of constructs and relationships necessary for this inquiry are reviewed and their practical applications considered.

Further Details

Publish Dates 2003
Full Title The Gerontologist
Pages 10
Volume 43
Issue 5
Section 638
Research Notes Electronic copy added 12/06/2013 Hard copy discarded 12/06/2013
Keywords older, environmental behaviours, temporal and spatial considerations

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