Document Type

Journal Article

Editor(s)

E.K. Covan

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Exercise and Health Sciences / Population Health Research Group

RAS ID

12232

Comments

This article was originally published as: Dare, J. S. (2011). Transitions in midlife women's lives: Contemporary experiences. Health Care for Women International, 32(2), 111-133. Original article available here

Abstract

In this article I report on a research project conducted in Perth, Western Australia, which investigated how contemporary women experience physiological and psychosocial midlife transitions. Qualitative in-depth interviews explored the challenges confronting women during this period. In doing so, continuities and divergences that exist between existing literature on midlife transitions and women's own perspectives are highlighted. Based on key findings, I suggest that while most women manage the “classic” transitions of menopause and the “empty nest” relatively well, the impact of divorce and the aging and death of parents present more serious long-term challenges to women.

DOI

10.1080/07399332.2010.500753

 
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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1080/07399332.2010.500753