Handbook On Women And Aging / Edition 1

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Statistics show that women live longer than men, and that they constitute a substantial majority of the North American population over age 50. But lack of empirical data on aging women has helped to perpetuate numerous myths and stereotypes. This reference provides a comprehensive overview of current research on women and aging. Chapters are written by expert contributors and are grouped in sections devoted to historical and theoretical views, economic concerns, health and lifestyle issues, demographic information, and relationships. Chapters reflect research on women from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, the particular needs of the rural elderly, the problem of sexism and ageism, and the impact of significant life events, such as retirement and widowhood. Chapters cite current research, and the volume closes with a selected bibliography of major studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275973186
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

JEAN M. COYLE is President of Jean Coyle Associates, a gerontological consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

1 Sexism and Ageism
2 Images of Middle-aged and Older Women: Historical, Cultural, and Personal
3 Witches, Widows, Wives, and Workers: The Historiography of Elderly Women in America
4 Images of Aging Women through the Ages
5 Sagacious, Sinful, or Superfluous? The Social Construction of Older Women
6 The Economic Status of Older Women
7 Middle-aged and Older Women in the Work Force
8 Retirement and Women
9 The Health of Older Women: A Diverse Experience
10 Developmental Models of Midlife and Aging in Women: Metaphors for Transcendence and for Individuality in Community
11 Life Satisfaction and Older Women: Factor Structure Consistency across Age Cohorts
12 Reminiscence among Older Women
13 Suicidal Behavior in Middle-aged and Older Women
14 Women Survivors: The Oldest Old
15 Religion and Faith Development of Older Women
16 Voluntarism among Older Women
17 Living Arrangements for Midlife and Older Women
18 Midlife and Older Black Women
19 Hidden Lives: Aging and Contemporary American Indian Women
20 Issues and Trends Affecting Asian Americans, Women, and Aging
21 Chicanas and Aging: Toward Definitions of Womanhood
22 Rural Older Women
23 Family Relationships of Midlife and Older Women
24 Single Women in Later Life
25 Friendship Patterns among Older Women
26 Older Women and Widowhood
27 Women and Caregivers for the Elderly
28 Fathers, Daughters, and Caregiving: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Life-Course Social Science
29 Conclusions and Research Implications
Selected Bibliography
About the Editor and Contributors
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