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Lecture 9

FRHD 1020 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Ageism, Stereotype, Midlife Crisis

Family Relations and Human Development
Course Code
FRHD 1020
Shayna Sparling

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What is Aging?
- Some theories:
- Genetics, evolutionary pressures, diet
Middle Years of Life
- Between the ages of 40/45 and 64
- Long: 20-25 years
- Diverse: May include first time period parents as well as grandparents
- Transitional: Includes launching of children and new duties caring for aging parents
Midlife Crisis
- Only aaround 26% of adults over 40 report having a crisis
- Midlife is a relatively happy time
- Not everyone has the same experience- SES,gender
Marriage and Sexuality at Midlife
- COuples review their marriages and work out new arrangements
- May lead to an increase in sex:
- More time, freedom, privacy
- No fear of pregnancy
Sexual Health at Midlife
- Condom use declines with age, but sex doesn’t
- Middle aged adults experience more sexual freedom
- Research from UGuelph
- Middle aged adults are having hookups, friends with benefits and booty calls
- 66% of women and 49% of men didn’t use protection
Tasks of Parent Generation
- The relationship with their children changes as the children move from adolescence into
young adulthood
- Once child leaves, the pair is alone. Must renegotiate their couple system as a dyad, or
pair, rather than as a part of a larger family
- COuples who have stayed together for the sake of children
Empty Nest
- Launching: When children leave home
- Delayed launching: Decreased satisfaction
Returning to The Nest
- Boomerang Children: may occur because of adult children’s separation, divorce, job
loss, or inability to make it on their own
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