In this multidisciplinary portrait of men and their concerns in later life, the contributors use both a life course and gendered perspective to point out that the image and self-image of men are continually reconstructed throughout the life cycle. Issues examined include: the position of older men in society and the changes wrought in their status and roles over time; men's relationships to spouse, children, grandchildren and friends; and policy implications.

Development and Pathology in Postparental Men: A Community Study

Development and Pathology in Postparental Men: A Community Study

Development and pathology in postparental men: A community study
MargaretHellie Huyck

This chapter takes up the unfinished task (Gutmann, 1990) of extending a developmental geropsychology into the field and practice of clinical gero-psychology. Gutmann's earlier studies (1964, 1987, 1990; Huyck & Gutmann, 1992) have indicated that older men experience reorganization of their sexual nature1 in the transition to postparental life, and that some older men's lives are marked by strains of adapting to changing versions of manhood. As it is in adolescence, so can it be in adulthood: The sources of development and growth for one man may drive another man's desperate psychopathology.

But before we consider its possible derailments, we will first briefly review the main sequence, the ...

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