ERIC Number: ED192194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Psychosocial Crises of Older Men.
Retirement is a major issue facing the older American man. Not only must he give up his work, a source of identity and self-esteem, the retiree must also face new relationships with his spouse, children, and peers; and he must learn to use leisure time appropriately. Widowerhood is a second major issue. Aside from deep emotional loss, the widower must contend with new, normally-feminine roles of homemaking for which he is ill-prepared. Attention from other women may be threatening and difficult to handle. Diseases and disabilities are other threats to a man's sense of invulnerability. Difficulty accepting the sick role may prevent older men from using needed health facilities. Lack of defined role and the failure to find appropriate informal roles are additional major issues. Finally, sexuality and the changes that occur with age often present problems. The man who has become more androgynous throughout his life may be better able to adapt to the various role changes as he ages. It is the role of the therapist to maximize interpersonal and intrapsychic growth that may occur during crises in aging. (NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (133rd, San Francisco, CA, May 1980).