William Gekoski

William Gekoski

Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychology

People Directory Affiliation Category

B.A., Franklin and Marshall College, 1963
M.A., University of Michigan, 1965
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1968

Research Interests

  • Determinants of seniors' independence
  • Adjustment to aging
  • Attitudes toward and beliefs about older adults
  • Attitudes toward and beliefs about institutionalization
  • Attitudes toward and beliefs about mental disorders in older adults
  • The relationships among stress, health, and aging
  • Health Care Policy regarding older adults

Selected Publications

Knox, V.J., Gekoski, W.L., & Kelly, L.E. (1995). The Age Group Evaluation and Description (AGED) Inventory: A new instrument for assessing attitudes toward and beliefs about age groups. International Journal of Aging and Human Behavior, 40, 31-55.

French, S.L., Gekoski, W.L., & Knox, V.J. (1995). Gender differences in relating life events and well-being in elderly individuals. Social Indicators, 35, 1-25.

Zivian, M.T., Larsen, W., Gekoski, W.L., Knox, V.J., & Hachette, V. (1994). Psychotherapy for the elderly: Public opinion. Psychotherapy, 31, 492-502.

Zamble, E., & Gekoski, W.L. (1994). Coping. In Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, (V.S. Ramachandran, Ed.), Vol 2. New York: Academic Press, 1-10.

Zivian, M.T., Larsen, W., Knox, V.J., Gekoski, W.L., & Hatchette, V. (1992). Psychotherapy for the Elderly: Psychotherapists' Preferences. Psychotherapy, 29, 668-674.

French, S.L., Knox, V.J., & Gekoski, W.L. (1992). Methodological problems in relating life events to illness in the elderly: Confounding. American Journal of Community Psychology, 20, 243-252.

Gekoski, W.L., Knox, V.J., & Kelly, L.E. (1991). The factor analytic structure of the Aging Semantic Differential: A failure to replicate Rosencranz and McNevin. Journal of Social Psychology, 131, 593-595.

Hendrick, J.J., Gekoski, W.L. & Knox, V.J. (1991). The accuracy of perceived cognitive abilities across adulthood. Canadian Journal on Aging, 10, 165-176.

Knox, V.J. & Gekoski, W.L. (1990). Longevity and infirmity: An inevitable relationship? Queen's Quarterly, 97, (No. 1), 3-21.

Gekoski, W.L., & Knox, V.J. (1990). Ageism or healthism? Perceptions based on age and health status. Journal of Aging and Health, 2, 15-27.