Dynamics of social relationships in midlife

Highlights the role and importance of social relationships at midlife. This chapter is organized around the convoy model of social relations because it provides a theoretical framework within which to examine social relations at this point in the life span. This model emphasizes the embeddedness of the individual in social relationships, both within and across time periods. The authors consider the traditional roles of midlife and reflect on how things have changed as the baby boom generation has moved into midlife. Basic theoretical perspectives of the convoy as well as available empirical evidence relating to this model and social relations more generally are presented. Finally, the authors emphasize the need to recognize the implications of demographic, cultural, and ethnic diversity to understand midlife as experienced by the current, future, and ever-changing cohorts of middle-aged men and women. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved) (from the chapter)