Family Ties and Aging

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-19
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview
Older Persons in a Family Context
The Availability of Family Ties in Later Life
Intimate Ties
Intimate Ties in Later Life
Intimate Partnerships
Being Single in Later Life
Transitions in Intimate Relationships: Losses and Opportunities
Intergenerational Relations
Exploring Intergenerational Relations
Support Exchanges Between Older Parents and Their Children
Childless Older Persons
Grandparents and Grandchildren
Divorce, Remarriage, Step Ties, and Intergenerational Relations
Sibling Relationships
Sibling Ties in Middle and Later Life
Life Transitions and Sibling Ties
Research and Policy
Research and Policy: Issues and Directions
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