Later Life Transitions

Older Males in Rural America

  • Editors
  • Edward A. Powers
  • Willis J. Goudy
  • Patricia M. Keith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Setting

    1. Edward Powers, Willis Goudy, Patricia Keith
      Pages 1-7
  3. Work and Retirement in Small Towns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-11
    2. Paula Morrow
      Pages 13-23
    3. Willis Goudy, Richard Reder
      Pages 25-35
    4. Willis Goudy, Richard Reger
      Pages 37-45
    5. Patricia Keith
      Pages 47-57
    6. Willis Goudy, Kenneth Barb
      Pages 59-66
    7. Back Matter
      Pages 67-68
  4. Life Styles in Small Towns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-70
    2. Cynthia Dobson
      Pages 71-85
    3. Timothy Brubaker
      Pages 87-95
    4. Edward Powers, Timothy Brubaker
      Pages 97-110
    5. Patricia Keith
      Pages 111-122
    6. Cynthia Dobson
      Pages 123-136
    7. Patricia Keith
      Pages 137-156
    8. Back Matter
      Pages 157-160
  5. Epilogue

    1. Edward A. Powers, Willis J. Goudy, Patricia M. Keith
      Pages 161-164
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 157-193

About this book


That there is diversity in the work and retirement behaviors and at­ titudes of our small-town respondents is obvious. Thus, attempts to legislate broad solutions to problems of Social Security and other factors of most interest to older persons can be assured of having both supporters and detractors among the elderly in rural settings as well as among other age groups. Within the diversity observed, how­ ever, are some results requiring further attention. The relatively positive adjustment to not working of the retired men in the study bodes well for those expecting to leave the work force in the next few years. This positive adjustment mirrors that observed in several other recent studies, of course. Still, those not making positive adjustments must be considered; they will continue to require the attention of various support services so that attempts to solve their problems will be successful. Equally significant is the fact that no clear picture of the work and retirement orientation of these rural men emerged. On the one hand, they were remaining in the labor force slightly longer than men in urban 67 68 LATER LIFE TRANSITIONS samples and the job satisfaction and preferred retirement age for men still working had increased over the decade. On the other hand, the value placed on work had decreased, attitudes toward retirement had become more positive, and the men were more work than non­ work oriented.


Action Design adjustment attention employment family health life satisfaction networks perception service social security

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8703-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4978-2
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