Women Over 50

Psychological Perspectives

  • Varda Muhlbauer
  • Joan C. Chrisler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Varda Muhlbauer, Joan C. Chrisler
    Pages 1-5
  3. Joan C. Chrisler
    Pages 6-25
  4. Susan D. Lonborg, Cheryl B. Travis
    Pages 53-78
  5. Liat Kulik
    Pages 131-146
  6. Rosalie J. Ackerman, Martha E. Banks
    Pages 147-163
  7. Florence L. Denmark, Maria D. Klara
    Pages 182-203
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 204-207

About this book


A woman’s middle age had traditionally been regarded as a time of loss and decline. But in the wake of the women's movement and other societal and cultural events, a profound shift has taken place. Far from being marginalized, midlife women stand at the forefront of a great transformation of cultural perceptions and attitudes. They are rejecting stereotypes, embracing new opportunities, and forming what this important book terms "a new collective middle-aged identity."

Women over 50: Psychological Perspectives analyzes the challenges, benefits, coping strategies, problems, and accomplishments associated with the midlife experience. Ten chapters present the state of research (and correct longstanding myths) regarding significant aspects of middle-aged women's lives:

  • Mind-body: illness, body image, exercise
  • Love, romance, and sexuality
  • Friendship and support systems
  • "The sandwich generation"
  • Re-creating the role of grandmothers
  • Retirement and financial stability
  • Using personal empowerment to empower others
  • Quality of life and future directions

Women over 50 bridges a major knowledge gap in the feminist-psychology literature, making it an essential resource for clinicians and advanced students. It balances optimism and realism about older women’s lives—and younger women’s futures.


Gender Sex Stereotyp age aging baby boomer feminist gendered-age identity menopause midlife sexuality stability

Editors and affiliations

  • Varda Muhlbauer
    • 1
  • Joan C. Chrisler
    • 2
  1. 1.Kiryat Yitzhak RabinNetanya Academic CollegeNetanyaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyConnecticut CollegeNew LondonUSA

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