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.

Older Men's Friendship Patterns

Older Men's Friendship Patterns

Older men's friendship patterns
Rebecca G.Adams

The field of adult friendship research is reaching maturity (Perlman, 1993). Most of the research on this topic has been conducted in the last 20 to 25 years, with a notable increase in quantity and quality of studies in the past decade. This mature stage of development is marked by the appearance of several monographs synthesizing and reviewing extant research (e.g., Allan, 1989; Blieszner & Adams, 1992; O'Connor, 1992; Rawlins, 1992) and by the availability of edited volumes focused on the friendships of the members of specific adult populations (see Adams & Blieszner, 1989, for a collection of chapters reviewing literature on older adult friendship; see Nardi, 1992a, for chapters examining men's friendships).

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