Older Women in Poverty: Private Lives and Public Policies

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Springer Publishing Company, Jan 1, 1994 - Social Science - 228 pages
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"All women, regardless of race, face a greater risk of poverty in their later years than elderly men, chiefly as a result of social biases and the failure of public policy. In this volume, the author presents her findings from an extensive study of low-income older women from around the country and features the detailed life stories of seven selected women. In examining central aspects of the respondents' private lives, the author describes the impact of poverty on self-concept, daily coping strategies, marriage, and caregiving." "This text offers recommendations for policy changes that are desperately needed to prevent and to ameliorate poverty among older women and examines the role of older women in social reform. Academics, students, policymakers, researchers, and professionals in sociology and social gerontology will find this volume a valuable resource."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Private Lives
Personal and Practical Challenges
MarriageContributed by Reba Nissen

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About the author (1994)

Amanda Smith Barusch, PhD, has been teaching and researching in the field of aging for over 25 years. Most of those were spent on the faculty of the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. She now serves as Professor and Head of Department of Social Work and Community Development at the
University of Otago in New Zealand. She has received numerous academic awards, prizes and fellowships, and her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Administration on Aging, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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