Family Ties and Aging (2nd Revised edition)

Family Ties and Aging (2nd Revised edition)

By: Ingrid Arnet Connidis (author)Paperback

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This advanced textbook covers issues of family ties and aging broadly, the goal being to provide an integrated and thorough representation of what we know from the current research. Whereas books on families and aging have traditionally focused on ties to a spouse and to children and grandchildren, Family Ties & Aging is more extensive and more reflective of contemporary society. The text includes groups and relationships that typically receive short shrift, exploring such neglected populations as single, divorced, and childless older people and their family relationships, as well as sibling relationships among the elderly, live-in partnerships not formalized by marriage, and the kinds of family ties forged by gay and lesbian persons over the life course. The book weaves the vast range of information we now have about the many facets of family relationships and aging into a critical, comprehensive, and integrated whole.

About Author

Ingrid Arnet Connidis is Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. In 2001, she spent a stimulating term at Oregon State University researching family gerontology as the recipient of the Petersen Visiting Scholar Award. Over the years she has explored. Her work has been published in a range of journals including Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Research on Aging, Journal of Family Studies, Journal of Aging Studies, and the Canadian Journal on Aging. She has also contributed chapters to a range of books related to aging, family relations, and feminist scholarship. In 2004, she and Julie McMullin were awarded the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America for their work on ambivalence ("Sociological Ambivalence and Family Ties: A Critical Perspective." Journal of Marriage and Family, 2002:64:3:558-567). In her quantitative and qualitative research she has explored various facets of aging and family relationships including work-family balance, sibling ties, family ties across generations, the family ties of gay and lesbian adults, and step relationships.


Part I: Introduction and Overview 1. Older Persons in a Family Context 2. The Availability of Family Ties in Later Life Part II: Intimate Ties 3. Intimate Ties in Later Life 4. Intimate Partnerships 5. Being Single in Later Life 6. Transitions in Intimate Relationships: Losses and Opportunities Part III: Intergenerational Relations 7. Exploring Intergenerational Relations 8. Support Exchanges Between Older Parents and Their Children 9. Childless Older Persons 10. Grandparents and Grandchildren 11. Divorce, Remarriage, Step Ties, and Intergenerational Relations Part IV: Sibling Relationships 12. Sibling Ties in Middle and Later Life 13. Life Transitions and Sibling Ties Part V: Research and Policy 14. Research and Policy: Issues and Directions References Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412959575
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9781412959575
  • ISBN10: 1412959578
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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