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Overview

Statistics show that women live longer than men, and that they constitute a substantial majority of the North American population over age 50. But more research has been done on the lives of older men, and the lack of empirical data on aging women has perpetuated a number of myths and stereotypes. Twenty years ago, for example, there was a presumption that only males worked and only males retired, though women often held jobs outside the home and these jobs were sometimes their only source of income. Studies of retirement, therefore, rarely treated the experience of women. Many fallacies still remain, despite a growing body of research conducted by women investigators. This reference provides a comprehensive overview of current research on women and aging and helps correct many mistaken assumptions.

Chapters are written by expert contributors and are grouped in several broad sections. The first section provides a historical and theoretical perspective on women and aging and covers topics such as sexism and ageism, representations of older women in the arts, and the attitudes of society toward aging women. The second section treats economic issues related to employment and retirement. The third section explores the psychological and physical health of women and includes related information on topics such as voluntarism and religious activity. The fourth section looks at the particular concerns of women from diverse racial and ethnic groups. It also includes a chapter on the special needs of the rural elderly. The final section studies the relationships of older women, including the impact of widowhood and the significance of friendship patterns. Each chapter cites current research and the volume closes with a selected bibliography of major studies.

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Combining theoretical and pragmatic approaches, 29 essays offer current information and thinking on issues of interest to women in midlife or older. The topics include the old-old, work, rural older women, images in art, sexism and ageism, friendship, health, sex-role stereotypes, the social construction of older women, reminiscence, retirement, spirituality, volunteerism, models of lifespan psychological change, economics, caregiving daughters, historical images, singlehood, life satisfaction, and the experience of several ethnic and racial minorities. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313288579
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 504
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.06 (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

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
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
Index
About the Editor and Contributors
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