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Qualitative Report, v13 n1 p78-99 Mar 2008

The study was conducted in response to the need for an increased understanding of the aging experiences of women transitioning midlife. The purpose of the research was to explore the personal understanding of the changes that occur during the midlife period. A qualitative case study was implemented to ascertain how women of the Latter-day Saint (LDS) faith experience the midlife transition. The narratives of 10 LDS women ages 35 to 65 were obtained through personal interviews. The data were analyzed from a feminist, social constructionist, and narrative perspective using Chenail's Qualitative Matrix as a formal coding system to guide the process of analysis and reporting (Cole, 1994). The findings indicate that the younger cohort had inner conflicts; those in the middle age cohort experienced role confusion; and the oldest cohort experienced generativity. These findings may suggest that a positive metamorphosis takes place in women during the midlife transition. (Contains 1 figure.)

Descriptors: Females, Midlife Transitions, Qualitative Research, Aging (Individuals), Case Studies, Interviews, Feminism, Constructivism (Learning), Personal Narratives, Age Differences, Religious Cultural Groups, Interpersonal Relationship, Adult Development, Futures (of Society), Role, Conflict, Data Analysis, Data Collection

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Author: Evans, Patricia

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2865&id=EJ800286

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