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Older women in poverty : private lives and public policies / Amanda Smith Barusch.

Barusch, Amanda Smith [Browse]
New York : Springer Pub. Co., c1994.
xxxvii, 228 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Summary note:
  • All women, regardless of race, face a greater risk of poverty in their later years than elderly men, chiefly as a result of social biases and the failure of public policy. In this volume, the author presents her findings from an extensive study of low-income older women from around the country and features the detailed life stories of seven selected women.
  • In examining central aspects of the respondents' private lives, the author describes the impact of poverty on self-concept, daily coping strategies, marriage, and caregiving.
  • This text offers recommendations for policy changes that are desperately needed to prevent and to ameliorate poverty among older women and examines the role of older women in social reform. Academics, students, policymakers, researchers, and professionals in sociology and social gerontology will find this volume a valuable resource.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction: Inequality and Poverty Among America's Elderly Women. Inequality in the United States. Poverty and Older Women. Beyond Feminization of Poverty: Race and Class as Determinants. Other Factors Associated with Poverty Among Older Women -- 1. Seven Life Stories. April Jefferson - Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Debbie Arlington - Scottsville, Virginia. Ellie Mae Constantine - Chicago, Illinois. Rachel Hurtado - Los Angeles, California. Esperanza Irbano - Agat, Guam. Sylvia Johnson - Washington, D.C. Sandra Barringer - Salt Lake City, Utah -- 2. Self-Concepts of Older Women in Poverty: Rules, Blessings, and Likable Traits. Self-Concept. Old Age and the Self. Poverty and the Self. Defining the Self -- 3. Coping with Scarcity: Personal and Practical Challenges. Lifelong Poverty. Respondents with Poverty Backgrounds. Preserving a Positive Sense of Self. Obtaining the Essentials. Food. Transportation. Help -- 4. Marriage - Contributed by Reba Nissen. Reasons for Marriage. Secondary Plans: Work Expectations.
  • The Marriage Experience. Divorce and Death. Remarriage. Advice from Respondents -- 5. Caring for Others. Gender and Caring. Caring Today. The Caring Experience -- 6. Women's Work: A Life-Span Perspective. Brief History of Women in the U.S. Labor Force. Respondent Work Histories. Occupational Segregation in the U.S. Labor Market. Policy Remedies: Pay Equity, Family Leave, Child Care, and Pension Regulation -- 7. Housing, Homes, and Homelessness. Major Federal Housing Programs. Recent Developments in Housing Access. Respondents' Housing Arrangements and Household Composition. Safety -- 8. Health and Health Care. Health Status of Older Women. Financing Health Care. Respondents' Health Status and Health Experiences. Coping with Health Limitations. Respondents' Health Care Agenda. Health Care Reform and Low-Income Older Women -- 9. Income and Public Income Support Programs. Public Income Supports. Respondents' Income Supports. Policy Remedies. Preventive Strategies. Remedial Measures.
  • 10. Conclusion: Social Reform and Low-Income Older Women. Summary of Key Findings. Toward Solutions: Agenda and Process. Older Women and Social Change. Personal Victories and Societal Failures -- Appendix A: Resources for Activists. I. Advocacy Organizations. II. Government Reports. III. Guide to Congress, 1993-94. IV. Communicating with the President -- Appendix B: Methodology. The Sampling Procedure. The Respondents. The Interviews. The Data Analysis. On Giving and Getting.
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