This book analyzes the middle years of the lifespan, discussing the many different facets of adult development. This text studies the various changes experienced by middle-aged adults, explaining how these different experiences interrelate, and how a better understanding of them can foster successful midlife development. Using a diverse set of longitudinal data, the volume aims to provide a broad perspective by examining the similarities and differences in the midlife experience as a function of gender, social class, and birth cohort. The book offers advice on the enormous potential and promise which is possible amid the gains and losses of the middle years.
Foreword Anne Colby Preface Margie E. Lachman, Jacquelyn Boone James. 1: Charting the Course of Midlife Development: An Overview Margie E. Lachman, Jacquelyn Boone James. 2: The Self in Middle Age Ravenna Helson 3: Stability and Change in the Transition to Midlife: A Longitudinal Study of Midlife Adults Carol E. Franz 4: Do Aspects of Gender Identity Change from Early to Middle Adulthood? Disentangling Age, Cohort, and Period Effects Rebecca A. Parker, Carolyn M. Aldwin. 5: Themes of Power and Affiliation across Time Jacquelyn Boone James, Corinne J. Lewkowicz. 6: Concern with Others at Midlife: Care, Comfort, or Compromise? Toni Antonucci, Hiroko Akiyama. 7: A Longitudinal Analysis of Midlife Interpersonal Relationships and Well-Being Elizabeth L. Paul 8: The Generativity of Employed Mothers in Multiple Roles: 1979 and 1991 Shelley M. MacDermid, Gabriela Heilbrun, Laura Gillespie DeHaan. 9: Promoting Health and Minimizing Stress in Midlife Ilene C. Siegler 10: Psychosocial Correlates of Women's Self-Rated Physical Health in Middle Adulthood Sandra P. Thomas 11: Crisis, Challenge, and Stability in the Middle Years David A. Chiriboga 12: Gender, Employment, and Psychological Well-Being: Historical and Life Course Perspectives Rosalind C. Barnett 13: Antecedent Life Events and Consequences for Homemakers and Women Employed in Atypical, Typical, and Androgynous Professions Carol Tomlinson-Keasey, Jessica Gomel. 14: Women's Career Commitment Patterns and Personality Development Elizabeth A. Vandewater, Abigail J. Stewart. 15: An Individual Differences Approach to Midlife Career Adjustment: An Exploratory Study Frederick T. L. Leong, Kristin A. Boyle. Appendix: Data Sets Used for Secondary Analysis Contributors Name Index Subject Index