Single Women Family Ties

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1989-06-01
  • Publisher: Sage Pubns
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This important qualitative study illuminates lifelong single women's contributions to family development in relation to their widowed peers. Allen examines the social and historical contexts of the women's childhoods, their experiences as young adults and the processes leading to their being single or married. Midlife variations in family caregiving experiences and the meaning of being single in old age are also discussed.

Table of Contents

Working Class Single Women in Historical Perspective
The Research Process
Growing Up in Working Class Families
Pathways in Young Adulthood
Remaining Single and Becoming Married
The Middle Years
Taking Care of Families
Growing Old as Single Women
The Family Careers of Lifelong Single Women In Context
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