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Introduction

The Study of Women in Midlife
  • Grace K. Baruch
  • Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)

Abstract

To describe the middle years—that relatively long span when one is neither young nor old—as a neglected period may no longer be accurate, given current scientific and popular interest in adult development and aging. But midlife is still too often seen merely as a kind of staging area on the way to old age, when one gathers one’s forces and tries to stock up on assets—health, money, relationships—that will be needed for the rigors of the last phase of life. The middle years have been characterized more as a transition period than as a time of growth, satisfaction, and creativity. As this volume will show, although midlife is not without its difficulties, it is, for many women, a time of unexpected pleasure, even power.

Keywords

Role Conflict Adult Development Staging Area Midlife Woman Popular Interest 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Grace K. Baruch
    • 1
  • Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
    • 2
  1. 1.Wellesley College Center for Research on WomenWellesleyUSA
  2. 2.Educational Testing ServicePrincetonUSA

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