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Women over 50: Psychological Perspectives Hardcover – January 25, 2007
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From the reviews:
"Women of any age will benefit from this research-based and very readable volume. A particular strength lies in its repositioning the focus of women in their later years from loss, disability, and decline to challenge, resilience, and empowerment."
- Judith Worell, Dept. Educational and Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky
"Finally a book about women at midlife that is scientifically grounded, broad in its choice of topics, and a pleasure to read! Women over 50: Psychological Perspectives, a book edited by Varda Muhlbauer and Joan Chrisler, addresses a range of issues – from friendship to health to work―encountered by women who are in their middle years in industrialized societies. A key contribution of this edited book is that mid-life issues are examined in historical and social context. An exciting aspect of this book is that it translates scientific information into practical recommendations. I highly recommend it for both graduate students and professionals. Researchers, teachers and clinicians interested in midlife will find it a useful resource."
- Silvia Sara Canetto, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Colorado State University
"Women over 50: Psychological Perspectives, edited by Varda Muhlbauer and Joan Chrisler, is an engrossing book that addresses a long-standing need in the literature on women. The book moves away from the traditional way of viewing older women, which is concerned with deficits. Instead, it focuses on ways in which older women are living longer and healthier lives which are both personally and professionally fulfilling. The book is a must-read for researchers and clinicians and will serve to stimulate research and theory on women over 50. In-depth reviews of research in areas that have received relatively little attention in the literature shed new light on issues, such as, women's body image, exercise and leisure activities, sex at midlife, women's friendships, work, and retirement."
- Gwendolyn L. Gerber, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
"Muhlbauer and Chrisler have put together a readable volume on the importance of the societal impact on the aging population. … Implicit to the material this book presents is the necessity to explore change and empowerment. … Though intended primarily as a textbook, this volume will be at home in a library’s circulating collection. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals." (G. M. Greenberg, Choice, Vol. 45 (1), 2007)
"Women over 50 is a welcome addition to the literature on mature women. ... This book describes the lives of women over 50 in a matter-of-fact manner and with the same language life would be described at any other age, that is, as having good points and bad points, external constraints and developmental issues. It is a practical book, providing real insight into the quality of experience during this stage of life,including some distinctly nitty-gritty details." (P. Derry, Sex Roles)
From the Back Cover
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.