Gender, Adult Development, and Aging

  • Abigail J. Stewart
  • Nicky J. Newton

The subject of gender in adulthood is, on its face, too large for a single chapter. In an attempt to define it so that it is feasible to address, we narrow our focus to three broad issues: gender and lifespan developmental approaches to studying adult personality; gender and the aging mind and body across adulthood; and the implications of gendered social roles for adult development and aging. We chose these issues for several reasons.

First, we wanted to highlight the differences between a “lifespan developmental” approach to understanding gender in adulthood and an “aging” approach (see also Elder & Shanahan, 2006; Fuller-Iglesias, Antonucci, & Smith, 2008). The first emphasizes growth across the lifespan, often includes qualitatively distinct periods or stages, and does not focus on decline or decrements. This approach emphasizes ways that adults of different ages (e.g., in their 20s vs. their 40s) may differ from each other in important ways. The second approach nearly always...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abigail J. Stewart
    • 1
  • Nicky J. Newton
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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