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Old Women and Identity Maintenance: "Outwitting the Grim Reaper"

Urban Life

Author: Matthews, S.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1975


Old persons are faced with the imminent prospect of physical & mental infirmity, dependence, & death, making problematic their ability to project & maintain a desired self-image in the future. The uncertainty of the how & when of death are recurrent topics of conversation among old women. By listening to conversations among women over 70 years of age & conducting intensive interviews with old women, the strategies employed to eliminate the uncertainty in order to maintain a desired self-identity in dying & death were discovered. Strategies delineated are: monitoring warning signals, symbolic maintenance of self-identity, & planning for sudden physical malfunction.

Further Details

Pages: 339-348
Volume: 4
Issue: 3
Accession Number: 22.5.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 21/08/2013
Keywords: olderemotionalwomen
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