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Contents Acknowledgments 1. The MIDUS National Survey: An Overview Orville Gilbert Brim, Carol D. Ryff, and Ronald C. Kessler Part I. Midlife Perspectives on Physical Health 2. Sex Differences in Health over the Course of Midlife Paul D. Cleary, Lawrence B. Zaborski, and John Z. Ayanian 3. Socioeconomic Position and Health across Midlife Michael G. Marmot and Rebecca Fuhrer 4. Social Inequalities in Health and Well-Being: The Role of Relational and Religious Protective Factors Carol D. Ryff, Burton H. Singer, and Karen A. Palmersheim 5. Health, Well-Being, and Social Responsibility in the MIDUS Twin and Sibling Subsamples Ronald C. Kessler, Stephen E. Gilman, Laura M. Thornton, and Kenneth S. Kendler 6. The Menopausal Transition and Aging Processes Alice S. Rossi Part II. Emotion, Quality of Life, and Psychological Well-Being in Midlife 7. Positive and Negative Affect at Midlife Daniel K. Mroczek 8. Age and Depression in the MIDUS Survey Ronald C. Kessler, Kristin D. Mickelson, Ellen E. Walters, Shanyang Zhao, and Lana Hamilton 9. The Quality of American Life at the End of the Century William Fleeson 10. In Their Own Words: Well-Being at Midlife among High School- Educated and College-Educated Adults Hazel Rose Markus, Carol D. Ryff, Katherine B. Curhan, and Karen A. Palmersheim 11. The Adaptive Value of Feeling in Control during Midlife Margie E. Lachman and Kimberly M. Prenda Firth 12. Social Well-Being in the United States: A Descriptive Epidemiology Corey L. M. Keyes and Adam D. Shapiro 13. Ethnic Conservatism, Psychological Well-Being, and the Downside of Mainstreaming: Generational Differences Randall Horton and Richard A. Shweder 14. Psychological Well-Being in MIDUS: Profiles of Ethnic/Racial Diversity and Life-Course Uniformity Carol D. Ryff, Corey L. M. Keyes, and Diane L. Hughes Part III. Contexts of Midlife: Work and Family Experience, Neighborhood, and Geographic Region 15. Is Daily Life More Stressful during Middle Adulthood? David M. Almeida and Melanie C. Horn 16. Psychological Well-Being across Three Cohorts: A Response to Shifting Work-Family Opportunities and Expectations? Deborah Carr 17. Work, Family, and Social Class Alison Earle and S. Jody Heymann 18. Family Roles and Well-Being during the Middle Life Course Nadine F. Marks, Larry L. Bumpass, and Heyjung Jun 19. Social Responsibility to Family and Community Alice S. Rossi 20. Turning Points in Adulthood Elaine Wethington, Ronald C. Kessler, and Joy E. Pixley 21. Well-Being in America: Core Features and Regional Patterns Hazel Rose Markus, Victoria C. Plaut, and Margie E. Lachman List of Contributors Name Index Subject Index Acknowledgments The editors thank the many individuals across the United States who gave their time and energy to participate in the MIDUS survey. What we know is that midlife, for many, is the busiest period of life. Thus, we are deeply grateful that so many were willing to speak to us at length about themselves, their families, their lives, and their health so that we might create a more informed story about who is, and is not, thriving in midlife and why. The many researchers who have contributed to this study, most of whom are authors of chapters in this volume, also thank the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for its support of the Midlife Network and the MIDUS survey. From the beginning, the MacArthur Foundation nurtured a commitment to approach midlife in all of its complexity, a task that required blending expertise from numerous scientific disciplines. Without the sustained Midlife Network support, this one-of-a-kind integrative study, which required years of planning, would never have been possible. The chapters in this book illustrate the unprecedented advances that follow from a visionary new kind of science about midlife. Finally, as editors, we thank Marty Quimby from the staff of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her many organizational skills and outstanding attention to detail in helping us bring this collection to completion.
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Middle age Psychological aspects, Middle age Social aspects, Middle age Health and hygiene