Providing an integrated and thorough representation of what we know
from current research, Family Ties and Aging, Second Edition is the
only book that shows how pressing issues of our time-an aging
population, changing family structures, and new patterns of
work-family balance-are negotiated in the family lives of
middle-aged and older adults. Whereas books on families and aging
have traditionally offered a limited focus on ties to a spouse and
to children and grandchildren, this new edition of Family Ties and
Aging is more extensive and more reflective of contemporary
society. Focusing on such key questions as: "How do current trends
and social arrangements affect family relationships?" and "What are
the implications of what we know for future research, theory,
practice, and policy?," author Ingrid Arnet Connidis explores
groups and relationships that typically receive short shrift,
including 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 individuals over the
life course. The Second Edition is thoroughly updated to include
the latest research and theoretical developments, recent media
coverage of related issues, and new information on intimate
relationships in later life, gay and lesbian partnerships, sibling
ties, and elder neglect and abuse. Key Features Weaves the vast
range of information about the many facets of family relationships
and aging into a critical, comprehensive, and integrated whole
Explores a range of intimate relationships, explores what happens
when relationships dissolve, and delvesinto various pathways to
intimacy in old age Emphasizes diversity due to gender, age, class,
race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation throughout the book to help
readers learn about similarities and differences in family
relationships as we age Links the discussion of various family
relationships in mid- and later life to current and future
directions for research, practice, and policy
Family Ties and Aging is appropriate for use in upper-level
undergraduate and graduate courses such as Families and Aging,
Sociology of Aging, and Introduction to Gerontology in departments
of family studies, sociology, or gerontology.
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