Monika Ardelt, PhD

Bio: Monika Ardelt, PhD

Books and Chapters

Ardelt M. Being wise at any age. In S. J. Lopez (Ed.): Positive psychology: Exploring the best in people. Volume 1: Discovering human strengths (pp. 81-108).Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008.

Ardelt M. Self-development through selflessness: the paradoxical process of growing wiser. In H. A. Wayment & J. J. Bauer (Eds.), Transcending self-interest: Psychological explorations of the quiet ego (pp. 221-233). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2008.

Ardelt M. Physician-assisted death. Pp. 424-434 in: C. D. Bryant et al. (eds.): Handbook of Death and Dying, Volume One: The Presence of Death, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2003.


Ardelt M. “Are older adults wiser than college students? A comparison of two age cohorts.” J Adult Dev 2010;17:193-207.

Ardelt M, Landes SD, Vaillant GE. The long-term effects of World War II combat exposure on later life well-being moderated by generativity. Res Human Dev 2010;7:202-220.

Ardelt M. How similar are wise men and women? A comparison across two age cohorts. Res Human Dev 2009;6:9-26.

Ardelt M, Koenig CS. The importance of religious orientation in dying well: evidence from three case studies. J Relig Spiritual Aging 2007;19:61-79.

Ardelt M, Koenig CS. The role of religion for hospice patients and relatively healthy older adults. Res Aging 2006;28:184-215.

Ardelt M. How wise people cope with crises and obstacles in life. ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation 2005;28(1):7-19.

Ardelt M. Wisdom as expert knowledge system: a critical review of a contemporary operationalization of an ancient concept. Human Dev 2004;47:257-285.

Ardelt M. Where can wisdom be found? – A reply to the commentaries by Baltes and Kunzmann, Sternberg, and Achenbaum. Human Dev 2004;47:304-307.

Ardelt M. Empirical assessment of a three-dimensional wisdom scale. Res Aging 2003;25:275-324.

Ardelt M. Effects of religion and purpose in life on elders’ subjective well-being and attitudes toward death. J Relig Gerontology 2003;14:55-77.

Ardelt M. Still stable after all these years? Personality stability theory revisited. Soc Psychol Quart, Special Millennium Issue on The State of Sociological Social Psychology, 2000;63:392-405.

Ardelt M. Intellectual versus wisdom-related knowledge: The case for a different kind of learning in the later years of life. Educ Gerontology: Int J Research Pract 2000;26:771-789.

Ardelt M. Antecedents and effects of wisdom in old age: A longitudinal perspective on aging well. Res Aging 2000;22:360-394.

Ardelt M. Social crisis and individual growth: The long-term effects of the Great Depression. J Aging Stud 1998;12:291-314.

Ardelt M. Wisdom and life satisfaction in old age. J Gerontology: Psychol Sci 1997;52B(1):P15-P27.