Project “Psychology of Physical-Social-Cultural Context for Aging Well”

Project Description

Research related to this topic primarily pursues the goal to better understand the role of person-environments relations and person-environment fit for aging well. This family of research themes is conceptually driven by models of environmental psychology and environmental gerontology.

Current research themes:

  • Psychological aspects of housing and home in middle adulthood, early age and very old age
  • Comparative studies on the European level
  • Linkages between physical and social contexts of aging
  • Conceptual models in the ecology of aging


Here is a selection of our publications in this area (please contact us for copies):


  • Wahl, H.-W. & Oswald, F. (in Druck). Theories of environmental gerontology: Old and new avenues for ecological views of aging. In Settersten, R. & V. L. Bengtson (Eds.). Handbook of theories of aging (3rd edition). New York: Springer Publ.
  • Wahl, H.-W. (2015). Ecology of aging. In: James D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2nd edition, Vol 6, S. 884–889). Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Claßen, K., Oswald, F., Doh, M., Kleinemas, U. & Wahl, H.-W. (2014). Umwelten des Alterns: Wohnen, Mobilität, Technik und Medien. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
  • Wahl, H.-W., Iwarsson, S., & Oswald, F. (2012). Aging well and the environment: Toward an integrative model and research agenda for the future. The Gerontologist, 52(3), 306-316. doi:10.1093/geront/gnr154.
  • Oswald, F., Jopp, D., Rott, C. & Wahl, H.-W. (2011). Is aging in place a resource for or a risk to life satisfaction? The Gerontologist. 51(2 ), 238-250.  Doi: 10193/geront/gnq096
  • Wahl, H.-W., Oswald, F., Schilling, O. & Iwarsson, S. (2009). The home environment and quality of life related outcomes in advanced old age: Findings of the ENABLE-AGE Project. European Journal of Ageing, 6(2), 101-111.
  • Wahl, H.-W., Fänge, A., Oswald, F., Gitlin, L. N., & Iwarsson, S. (2009). The home environment and disability-related outcomes in aging individuals: What is the empirical evidence? The Gerontologist, 49(3), 355-367.
  • Iwarsson, S., Horstmann, V., Carlsson, G., Oswald, F. & Wahl, H.-W. (2009). Person-environment fit predicts falls in older adults better than the consideration of environmental hazards only. Clinical Rehabilitation, 23, 558-567.
  • Iwarsson, S., Horstmann, V., Oswald, F. & Wahl, H.-W. (2009). Impact of socio-cultural care and service context on instrumental activities of daily living dependence among very old European women. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 25, 251-264.
  • Iwarsson, S., Wahl, H.-W., Nygren, C., Oswald, F., Sixsmith, A., Sixsmith, J., Széman, Z., Tomsone, S. (2007). Importance of the home environment for healthy aging: Conceptual and methodological background of the ENABLE-AGE Project. The Gerontologist, 47, 78-84.
  • Nygren, C., Oswald, F.,, Iwarsson, S., Fänge, A., Sixsmith, J., Schilling, O., Sixsmith, A., Széman, Z., Tomsone, S., Wahl, H.-W. (2007). Relationships between objective and perceived housing in very old age. The Gerontologist, 47, 85-95
  • Oswald, F., Wahl, H.-W., Schilling, O., Nygren, C., Fänge, A., Sixsmith, A., Sixsmith, J., Széman, Z., Tomsone, S., Iwarsson, S. (2007). Relationships between housing and healthy aging in very old age. The Gerontologist, 47, 96-107.
  • Oswald, F., Wahl, H.-W., Schilling, O. & Iwarsson, S. (2007). Housing-related control beliefs and independence in activities of daily living in very old age. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 14, 33-43

Books and Chapters:

  • Wahl, H.-W., Scheidt, R., & Windley, P. (Hrsg.).(2004). Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 23, Issue on “Aging in context: Socio-physical environments”. New York: Springer.
  • Oswald, F. & Wahl, H.-W. (2013). Creating and sustaining homelike places in own home environments. In G. D. Rowles & M. Bernard (Eds.), Environmental gerontology: Making meaningful places in old age (pp. 53-77). New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Schaie, K.-W., Wahl, H.-W., Mollenkopf, H. & Oswald, F. (Eds.). (2003). Aging independently: Living arrangements and mobility. New York: Springer.


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Letzte Änderung: 19.04.2016
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