Table of contents for How healthy are we? : a national study of well-being at midlife / edited by Orville Gilbert Brim, Carol D. Ryff, and Ronald C. Kessler.


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	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