Handbook on Women and Aging

ISBN-10: 0275973182

ISBN-13: 9780275973186

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jean M. Coyle
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Description: 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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List price: $41.95
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 8/30/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Historical and Theoretical Perspectives Sexism and Ageism
Images of Middle-Aged and Older Women: Historical, Cultural, and Personal
Witches, Widows, Wives, and Workers: The Historiography of Older Women in America
Images of Aging Women through the Years
Sagacious, Sinful, or Superfluous?: The Social Construction of Older Women
Economic Issues The Economic Status of Older Women
Middle-Aged and Older Women in the Work Force
Retirement and Women
Health, Psychological, and Living Issues
The Health of Older Women: A Diverse Experience
Developmental Models of Midlife and Aging in Women: Metaphors for Transcendence and for Individuality in Community
Life Satisfaction and Older Women: Factor Structure Consistency among Age Cohorts
Reminiscence among Older Women
Curl<$$$> Suicidal Behavior in Middle-Aged and Older Women
Women Survivors: The Oldest Old
Religion and Faith Development of Older Women
Voluntarism Among Older Women
Living Arrangements for Midlife and Older Women
Racial, Ethnic, and Demographic Issues Midlife and Older Black Women
Hidden Lives: Aging and Contemporary American Indian Women
Hennessy Issues and Trends Affecting Asian Americans, Women, and Aging
Chicanas and Aging: Toward Definitions of Womanhood
Rural Older Women
Relationships Family Relationships of Midlife and Older Women
Single Women in Later Life
Friendship Patterns Among Older Women
Older Women and the Experience of Widowhood
Women and Caregivers for the Elderly
Fathers, Daughters, and Caregiving: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Life-Course Social Science
Conclusions and Research Implications
Bibliography
Index
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