Theory that in old age we decline social interactions, have a smaller life space and lose social esteem and morale. Compare activity theory.

DISENGAGEMENT THEORY: "The disengagement theory should see Joe and Lyn get a smaller house and go out less as they get older."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "DISENGAGEMENT THEORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/disengagement-theory/ (accessed August 3, 2020).