Successful Aging: A Life-Course Perspective on Women's Multiple Roles and Health

  title={Successful Aging: A Life-Course Perspective on Women's Multiple Roles and Health},
  author={Phyllis Moen and Donna Dempster-McClain and Robin Murphy Williams},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1612 - 1638}
Panel data from a sample of 313 women who were wives and mothers in 1956 and were interviewed both in 1956 and in 1986 are used to consider the pathways that lead to health and social integration. Possible relationships were explored between the number, duration, timing, and episodes of various nonfamily roles throughout adult-hood and subsequent health and multiple-role occupancy. It was found that occupying multiple roles in 1956, participating in volunteer work on an intermittent basis, and… 

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