Americans at Midlife: Caught between Generations by Rosalie G. Genovese

By Rosalie G. Genovese

Americans at Midlife is an exploration of the center years in the framework of traits within the better society, together with longer lifestyles expectancy and an getting older inhabitants; alterations in marriage, divorce, and kin composition; elevated participation of ladies within the hard work strength; and the expansion of two-income families.Major pursuits at midlife focus on paintings and careers, present and destiny fiscal wellbeing and fitness, and making plans for retirement. different significant matters contain relationships with more youthful and older generations: boomerang young ones who depart domestic and go back, and getting older mom and dad, frequently fit and energetic now, who may have care of their later years.The booklet starts off with a dialogue of ways demographic and social adjustments impact midlife, via chapters on paintings and retirement making plans or trying to find the great years, the not-so-empty nest, and getting older mom and dad. A bankruptcy on mid-life ladies considers the results of mixing paintings and caregiving and increases issues approximately their monetary healthiness, given their longer existence expectancy and sometimes extra constrained assets. The e-book ends with a attention of coverage matters which may impact midlife sooner or later.

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A relatively recent phenomenon in the American family is the increase in young adults living at home. This development changes the conditions of midlife for many parents who expected an empty nest at this stage of their lives. Relationships between parents and their adult children also are changing at this time. In fact, the term "adult children" is an oxymoron, conveying ambiguity in relationships between children and parents at midlife and beyond. These relationships are not exactly between equals, whether in the case of parents and grown children or mid-life adults and their aging parents.

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Parents also may feel guilt or resentment that their lives will be disrupted. Parents' attitudes toward their children's return and how they cope may improve or worsen the situation. Possible reactions include a period of continuing and unresolved conflict between family members, negotiation with children to create a situation that all can live with, or physical or emotional withdrawal by parents who obviously are not happy and only tolerate the situation (Schnaiberg and Goldenberg 1989, 253). An important task facing parents is to define their role in this new situation.

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