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  title={Development in midlife.},
  author={Margie E. Lachman},
  journal={Annual review of psychology},
  • M. Lachman
  • Published 12 January 2004
  • Psychology
  • Annual review of psychology
The midlife period in the lifespan is characterized by a complex interplay of multiple roles. The goal of this chapter is to summarize research findings on the central themes and salient issues of midlife such as balancing work and family responsibilities in the midst of the physical and psychological changes associated with aging. The field of midlife development is emerging in the context of large demographic shifts in the population. A section on the phenomenology of midlife development… 
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