Problems of American Middle-Class Women in Their Middle Years

A Comparative Approach
  • Beatrice Blyth Whiting
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


How shall we define the middle years cross-culturally? Halfway between birth and death? Then life expectancy becomes a key variable. In most of the world, few women live to what we consider old age—identified here as retirement age. Their stages of life are defined by women’s reproductive capacities. Thus, a female is a child until puberty, seldom nubile for long as early marriage is frequent, childbearing until menopause. Women who live past menopause may enjoy a few productive years before infirmities make it impossible for them to contribute to the daily routines of living.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Beatrice Blyth Whiting
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Human DevelopmentHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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