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Book Reviews Sex Roles, Vol 36, Nos. 11/12, 1997 Relationships Between Women in Later Life. Edited by Karen A. Roberto. New York: Harrington Park Press, 1996, 204 pp, $14.95. The proportion of older adults in the United States is increasing stead- ily, and as is readily apparent to anyone who reads a daily newspaper, the rate of increase will accelerate dramatically as the Baby Boomers enter late life. Because the gender differential in longevity is showing few signs of diminishing, older women will outnumber older men in unprecedented numbers. These women will have experienced a disproportionate loss of men in their lives—husbands, brothers, friends, even sons and grandsons— thus their relationships increasingly will involve other women. These facts alone are enough to encourage new work along the lines of that presented in Relationships between women in later life, a compilation edited by Karen A. Roberto. In addition, Roberto argues, women's rela- tionships deserve attention because relationships are stereotypically per- ceived to be women's domain, and their relationships with each other are believed to differ from those with and between men. The eleven papers in this volume are grouped into two sections. The first encompasses the "primary" relationships of mother-daughter, grand- mother-granddaughter, Sex Roles Springer Journals

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 1997 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
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