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TitleWomen in Midlife [electronic resource] / edited by Grace Baruch, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 1984
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-7823-5
Descript XII, 404 p. online resource

SUMMARY

The Study of Women In Midlife GRACE K. BARUCH AND JEANNE BROOKS-GUNN To describe the middle years-that relatively long span when one is neither young nor old-as a neglected period may no longer be accurate, given current scientific and popular interest in adult development and aging. But midlife is still too often seen merely as a kind of staging area on the way to old age, when one gathers one's forces and tries to stock up on assets-health, money, relationships-that will be needed for the rigors of the last phase of life. The middle years have been characterized more as a transition period than as a time of growth, satisfaction, and creativity. As this volume will show, although midlife is not without its difficulties, it is, for many women, a time of unexpected pleasure, even power. MAJOR THEMES A central theme of this volume is the impact of social change. The influence of economic conditions, of ideology, of the normative timing of such life events as age of marriage and childbearing, are addressed in many chapters from hlany different perspectives. Social changes are shown to have both negative and positive consequences. On the negaยญ tive side, for example, the sex differential in life expectancy is a biosocial phenomenon that greatly restricts the availability of sexual partners-or, more precisely, heterosexual partners-for older women


CONTENT

ยท The Study of Women in Midlife -- I ยท Conceptual Approaches to Midlife -- 1 ยท Life Events and the Boundaries of Midlife for Women -- 2 ยท Methods for a Life-Span Developmental Approach to Women in the Middle Years -- 3 ยท Middle-Aged Women in Literature -- II ยท Roles and Relationships -- 4 ยท The Middle Years: Changes and Variations in Social-Role Commitments -- 5 ยท Multiple Roles of Midlife Women: A Case for New Directions in Theory, Research, and Policy -- 6 ยท The Psychological Well-Being of Women in the Middle Years -- 7 ยท Social Change and Equality: The Roles of Women and Economics -- 8 ยท The Daughter of Aging Parents -- 9 ยท Motherhood in the Middle Years: Women and Their Adult Children -- 10 ยท Black Women in the Middle Years -- 11 ยท Problems of American Middle-Class Women in their Middle Years: A Comparative Approach -- III ยท Enhancing Well-Being -- 12 ยท Health Care and Midlife Women -- 13 ยท Reproductive Issues, Including Menopause -- 14 ยท The Midlife Woman as Student -- 15 ยท The Anxiety of the Unknownโ{128}{148}Choice, Risk, Responsibility: Therapeutic Issues for Todayโ{128}{153}s Adult Women -- 16 ยท Reflections and Perspectives on โ{128}{152}Therapeutic Issues for Todayโ{128}{153}s Adult Womenโ{128}{153} -- 17 ยท Sexuality and the Middle-Aged Woman


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