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Occupational choice and vulnerability in late life: an example of women in the USA.

Authors
McKnight-R; Teaster-TP; Watkins-J; Lawrence-S
Source
Int Congr Ser 2005 Jun; 1280:106-111
NIOSHTIC No.
20034650
Abstract
During the years surrounding WW II, many young American women entered federal government employment. Most of them assumed low- to mid-level clerical positions; however, a few became highly educated and advanced to high-level government employment. These government girls as they were called assumed positions of power and authority uncommon for U.S. women at that time. The large commitments required for their employment, however, limited these women's time for fulfilling traditional gender roles, such as marriage and having children. We describe a study in progress that examines how gender role and commitment to government employment affect quality of life during retirement, especially late-life loneliness, propensity for institutionalization, abandonment, self-neglect, morbidity, and mortality. We believe that this study is replicable and applicable to similar older women in other countries. Our research topic and methods offer a unique opportunity to conduct collaborative studies on other populations of retired female workers in late life.
Keywords
Occupational-exposure; Occupational-health; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-psychology; Occupational-sociology; Occupations; Women; Employee-exposure; Employees; Age-factors; Age-groups
Contact
R. McKnight, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40504
CODEN
EXMDA4
Publication Date
20050601
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007547
ISSN
0531-5131
Source Name
International Congress Series
State
KY
Performing Organization
University of Kentucky
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