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ERIC Number: ED130215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 32
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Will the Real Middle-Aged Woman Please Stand Up? Toward an Understanding of Adult Development in Women.
Barnett, Rosalind C.; And Others
This document is comprised of papers presented at a symposium on Adult Development in Women. A paper entitled "Women in the Middle Years" reviews the major findings on adult women, and describes what an adequate theory of women in the middle years should account for. Mental health, effects of marriage, children and work, and the interrelationships of these factors are discussed. In elucidating critical stages, the authors consider a developmental framework focusing on women's role patterns and life stages within the cultural context would be appropriate. The traditional consideration of chronological age, and stereotypes and myths about women, especially the mind-body relationship and the need for marriage and children have impeded model development. Power, and its relationship to a sense of personal control, are central considerations. A paper, "Some Sociological Perspectives on Adult Women" discusses personal roles, multiple roles, and coping and support systems. The conclusion reached is that theories based primarily on data from men do not apply to issues confronting women, and that life tasks, including the "marker events" which trigger a person's concerns with each of these tasks, serve as a focus from which to study the middle years. (KS)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (New York, N.Y., April 22-24, 1976)