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Masculine Gender Role and Midlife Transition in Men

  • Richard M. Eisler
  • Kim Ragsdale
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)

Abstract

Most studies of the human lifespan have focused on infancy, childhood, adolescence, and old age. The potential for developmental changes in adulthood has remained relatively uncharted. An exception to the relative absence of developmental perspective on adulthood has been the attention given to the midlife period. The object of study during midadulthood has typically been American men. From various theoretical perspectives, the middle adult years for men have been described as a time of reappraisal and inevitable turmoil, which has sometimes been called the midlife crisis. Whether the midlife period for men typically results in problems of sufficient intensity to label them a crisis has been difficult to document empirically.

Keywords

Work Role Emotional Expressiveness Cardiovascular Reactivity Middle Adulthood Empty Nest 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard M. Eisler
    • 1
  • Kim Ragsdale
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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