William Gekoski

William Gekoski

Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychology

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.