Three ways that aging affects women differently from men: Menopause, changes in physical appearance, and caregiving

Amber Xuqian Chen, Vivian Hiu Ling Tsang, Tze Kiu Wong, Helene H. Fung, Liat Ayalon

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Abstract

From midlife to old age, women are influenced differently by developmental transitions compared with men. These transitions range from menopause to subjective experiences such as appearance-related changes and caregiving responsibilities. More importantly, cultural and personal factors may impact how people understand these transitions. As such, cultural differences may be reflected in the expression, subjective experiences, and consequences of these developmental transitions. Concerning menopause, cultures influence the expression of menopausal symptoms and their psychological consequences. Moreover, cultural factors also impact women's perceptions of appearance-related changes, and their appraisals of the caregiving experiences. Future developmental studies on women might focus on the moderating role of culture in the ways women interpret and cope with developmental changes in the second half of life.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of the International Psychology of Women
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages124-136
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781108561716
ISBN (Print)9781108473033
StatePublished - 6 Aug 2020

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Keywords

  • Ageing
  • Attitude on ageing
  • Caregiving
  • Cultural differences
  • Double standard of ageing
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Menopause
  • Physical attractiveness

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