Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

2017 Edition
| Editors: Nancy A. Pachana

Cross-Cultural Aging

  • Yang Fang
  • Xianmin Gong
  • Minjie Lu
  • Helene H. FungEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-082-7_11


Aging in different cultures; Cross-cultural differences in aging


In the current entry, cross-cultural aging is defined as cultural differences in aging of human psychology, including cognitive aging, socio-cognitive aging, and socio-emotional aging. The scope of cultural difference in the extant literature focuses mainly on comparison between East Asian and Western (North American and Western European) cultures.


Population aging is a worldwide phenomenon. This entry provides an overview of extant research on how age differences in cognition, affect, and behavior vary across cultures. While this inquiry is driven by the need for science to understand the relative contributions of culture in explaining the impact of aging on human psychology, it also underscores the importance of recognizing the role of culture, in a world growing in its awareness of cultural diversity. The contents of this entry are thematically organized into cognitive aging,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yang Fang
    • 1
  • Xianmin Gong
    • 1
  • Minjie Lu
    • 1
  • Helene H. Fung
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina