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.
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.
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...
Theoretical Perspectives and Methodological Issues / 3. Demographic and Socioeconomic Characteristics / 4. Mortality and Health / 5. Family Structure and Family Relations / 6. Mental Health and Psychological Well-Being / 7. Death and Dying / 8. Work, Income, and Retirement / 9. Social Problems and Social Policies / 10. Conclusion / References / Indexes
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.