Directed towards researchers and practitioners in family studies and gerontology, this completely revised Second Edition of Family Relationships in Later Life provides an innovative new collection of research-based descriptions on family relations of older people. Each chapter summarizes existing literature on the topic and provides up-to-date original research. Topics addressed include: sibling relationships in later life; widowhood; ethnic differences; elder abuse and mistreatment; family care; and health problems.
Are patterns of ageing the same in all ethnic groups? Are there any cultural factors which make growing old better or worse for particular communities? Does racial discrimination affect the quality of life and health care of ageing members of ethnic groups? In this wide-ranging study in social gerontology, Markides and Mindel integrate literature from sociology, political science, economics, psychology and social work to explore the relationship between ageing and ethnicity. They draw important conclusions for social policy and suggest future directions for research and intervention.
Families today are changing in response to shifts in the broader environment: dual-career couples, single-parent families, racially mixed families, now represent the norm rather than the exception. A group of leading family researchers examine current social changes and their impact on family relationsips and family functioning. As an overview of the present state of and future directions for families, this book should be required reading for family researchers, practitioners and students.
Long term care of the elderly has become an important issue in recent years. Researchers and policy-makers are urgently seeking ways of improving social service systems in response to a dramatic increase in the number of older people as a percentage of the total population. In this comprehensive collection of original papers, leading scholars and practitioners draw on the latest empirical research in their discussion of: the role of family members as informal care-givers; the interaction between families and social service systems, both community based and institutional; and the policy implications of integrating family members into the continuum of long term care of the elderly.
American families are growing old. That is, as demographers, gerontologists, and sociologists have discovered, more families currently reach the later stages of the family life cycle--specifically, beyond the child-rearing and the child-launching phase--than ever before. Later Life Families is an in-depth look at this relatively recent social phenomenon. After methodically reviewing the research from developmental psychology, social work, gerontology, and many other disciplines, Timothy Brubaker argues that the later life family is "alive and well" in the United States today and that these families, with their histories of long-term interaction and coping, offer an intriguing look at evolvin...
Presenting a broad examination of the issues surrounding family ties and aging, this advances textbook provides an integrated and thorough representation of current research in the field. Whereas book on families and aging have traditionally focused on ties to a spouse and to children and grandchildren, Connidis’s coverage is more extensive and more reflective of contemporary society.