|Aging well with friends and family.
||Aging encourages people to enhance their friend and family relationships. In general, the elderly tend to have more heterogeneity in relationships as they grow older. They depend on these relationships for instrumental, financial and emotional suppor...
|Attitudes of Decision Makers Toward Adult Day Care.
||There is a growing body of literature on adult day care, but there appear to be no studies of those who make decisions about older adults’participation. This article begins to fill this gap. The results suggest several directions for entrepreneurs an...
|Baby Boomer Friendships.
||More than a little help from their large networks of friends? Two researchers speculate about their own cohort in old age. Baby boomers will begin entering old age in 2011. They will be the largest and most diverse cohort ever to experience this life...
|Becoming an International and Interdisciplinary Journal.
||Since its inception, the various Editors and Associate Editors of Personal Relationships have strived to achieve its vision as an interdisciplinary and international journal. The team that oversaw the review process for the articles published in this...
|Celebrating Personal Relationships.
||Like the articles published in other issues of Volume 14 of Personal Relationships, those published in this issue collectively reflect my editorial team’s commitments to theory development, contextualized research, and the journal’s interdisciplinary...
|Church Conservatism and Services for the Elderly.
||The local church has traditionally provided services to the elderly. During this century, the role of government in human services has grown and partially replaced that of local churches. Re-cent reductions in government spending on human services, h...
|A Collection of Near-Death Research Readings: Scientific Inquiries into the Experiences of Persons Near Physical Death, ed. by Craig R. Lundahl.
||Book reviewed in this article:
A Collection of Near-Death Research Readings: Scientijic Inquiries Into the Experiences of Persons Near Physical Death. Craig R. Lundahl (ed.), Chicago: Nelson-Hall Publishers, 1982. 240 pp.
|Comments on Relationship Research in a New Millennium.
||Lately personal relationship researchers have
been paying more attention to the impact of
social structural and cultural context on personal
relationships. As a sociologist, I am hoping that
this trend continues and develops further. Two
|Definitions of Friendship in the Third Age: Age, Gender, and Study Location Effects.
||Friendship is not institutionalized in American society; hence, perceptions of it vary. Rather than studying sources of this variation, most scholars ignore the complexity, bemoan the difficulty it causes in analysis, or eliminate it. We examined the...
|Editing Personal Relationships.
||This issue is the last my editorial team will produce. Lorne Campbell and his associate editors have been receiving new submissions since June 1, 2008, and the next issue will be filled with manuscripts they have processed since that time. Soon after...
|Emotional Closeness and Physical Distance Between Friends: Implications for Elderly Women Living in Age-Segregated and Age-Integrated Settings
||The author discusses the need for a better theoretical understanding of friendship in order for its role in the lives of elderly people to be understood. The applicability to friendship of Simmel's approach to the study of social relationships is out...
|Examining Romantic Relationships.
||All of the articles included in this issue examine romantic relationships. Although it was not intended, these articles therefore comprise a de facto special issue on this topic. Let me be perfectly clear: I did not hold back related articles in orde...
|Factors Underlying the Structure of Older Adult Friendship Networks.
||This paper examines the structure of older adult friendship networks and how the immediate social environment in which they are embedded shapes them. Data were a probability sample (N = 65) of the residents of Greensboro, North Carolina, aged 55 year...
|Final report from the Masthead Editor of Personal Relationships.
||My editorial team‘s term is grinding to a halt. Personal Relationships (PR) 16:3 (September) is in production and 16.4 is almost ready to submit. In addition to the 10 articles that have been accepted or will soon be accepted to appear in my editoria...
|Friendships Through the Life Course: Oral Biographies in Old Age, by Sarah H. Matthews.
||S. H. Matthews, Friendships Through the Life Course: Oral Biographies in Old Age. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1986. 176 pp. $24.50 hardcover, $12.50 softcover.
This book is an important contribution to a growing area of inquiry-the sociology of friendsh...
|Functional Status and Church Participation of the Elderly: Theoretical and Practical Implications
||This paper shows how functional impairment on five dimensions, physical health, mental health, economic re-sources, ability to perform the activities of daily living, and social resources, affected church participation of the elderly in a rural count...
|The Future of Personal Relationships. Spring 2005
||As of June 1, I will begin a three-year term as
Editor of Personal Relationships. I am
honoured to have been appointed and am
looking forward to a productive term building on
the fine work of Sue Sprecher, her team, and
their predecessors. Sue a...
|Gender-of-author differences in study design of older adult friendship surveys.
||This research extends literature documenting gender differences in choice of quantitative or qualitative methods by examining whether men and women make different decisions regarding study design within one type of quantitative method—survey research...
|Inciting Sociological Thought by Studying the Deadhead Community: Engaging Publics in Dialogue
||We need to pay more attention to the process of being sociologists and less attention to rates of productivity. To support this statement, I present a case study of the processes in which I have been involved while studying Deadheads, fans of the for...
|An Integrative Conceptual Framework for Friendship Research.
||In light of the increase in the number and rigor of studies on adult friendship and the tendency of kin and neighbor relationships to have become more structurally similar to friendship, this is a crucial juncture at which to pause and assess what we...
|The Long-term Evolution of the Family Structure of Teenage and Older Mothers.
||Research into the evolution of the, family structure is important in understanding the consequences of teenage motherhood. In this longitudinal study of black, urban mothers in Woodlawn, a Chicago community, we compare 15 years of family evolution of...
|A Look at Friendship and Aging.
||A need exists for a better understanding of friendship and its role in the lives of old people. This article gives a selected overview of some of the research findings on aging and friendship, suggests some directions for future research, and discuss...
|Patterns of Network Change: A Longitudinal Study of Friendships of Elderly Women.
||Old age is a period during which people have an opportunity to alter their friendship patterns. The data were in-depth interviews and observations of white, non-married, elderly women who lived in a middle-class suburb in 1981 and mail questionnaires...
|People Would Talk: Normative Barriers to Cross-sex Friendships for Elderly Women.
||A normative explanation for elderly women's lack of male friends is developed by showing that cross-sex friendship is defined as romance, that there are norms inhibiting romance during old age, and that other norms encourage them to reject potential ...
|Perceptions of Social Support Availability and Coping Behaviors Among Gay Men with HIV.
||Analyzing face-to-face, semistructured interviews, we discuss how perceptions. of social support availability are formed among gay men coping with HIV. Experiences of receiving support increased perceived availability for specific types of support fr...
|Placing Personal Relationships Research in Context.
||The articles in this issue are published in the order in which they were submitted. In light of our editorial commitment to international and interdisciplinary scholarship (see Editor’s Preface, Personal Relationships, Volume 14, Issue 1), the member...
|Problems with Friends in Old Age.
||Although many studies of friendship support exist, little information is available on friendship's negative dimensions. Guided by a conceptual framework encompassing structure, process, and phase elements of friendship patterns, we explored troubleso...
|Rachel A. Rosenfeld, 1948-2002, SSS Past President.
||“Rachel brought an abundance of joy, a spirit of inclusiveness, and great professional stature to the SSS presidency, the scholarly community that constitutes the SSS, and to the profession. She has left a legacy that will continue to inspire and hum...
|Reflections on the Importance of SSS to the Discipline and its Members
||Way back in 2001 when Pat Martin was President-Elect, she asked me to write a piece for TSS reflecting on what the Southern Sociological Society means to me. I am just now getting around to it. I realize that I am at risk of getting a reputation for ...
|Report from the Editor of Personal Relationships. Fall 2007
||By now you should have received the first
three issues of Personal Relationships (Volume
14, Issues 1, 2, and 3) produced by my editorial
team (Associate Editors: Susan Boon,
Psychology, University of Calgary, Canada;
Mario Mikulincer, Psycholog...
|Report from the Editor of Personal Relationships. Spring 2007
||As incredible as it seems, at least to me, I have completed more than half of my active term as Editor of Personal Relationships (PR) and my team’s first issue has still not been published! By the time you receive this newsletter, you will have surel...
|Report from the Masthead Editor of Personal Relationships. Fall 2008
||As you know, my editorial team and I are no longer accepting new submissions, but we will continue to put together issues and to serve as the masthead editorial team through the end of 2009 (Volume 16, Issue 4). We will continue to accept papers as t...
|Report from the Masthead Editor of Personal Relationships. Spring 2008
||As you know, Lorne Campbell will be succeeding me as Editor of Personal Relationships. I am delighted he has agreed to serve IARR in this important way. We have already begun to plan the transition, and I look forward to working with him over the nex...
|Report from the Masthead Editor of Personal Relationships. Spring 2009.
||As you know, my editorial team and I stopped receiving new submissions last June when Lorne Campbell became the new Editor of Personal Relationships, but we have continued to process the manuscripts we had already received and to serve as the Masthea...
|A Report on Personal Relationships. Fall 2006
||I assumed the active Editorship of Personal
Relationships (PR) on June 1, 2005. Since then,
I have recruited six Associate Editors. Susan
Boon (Psychology, University of Calgary,
Canada), Mario Mikulincer (Psychology, Bar-
Ilan University, Israe...
| A Report on Personal Relationships: Report from the New Editorial Team of Personal Relationships. Spring 2006
||Since my last report on the status of Personal
Relationships (PR) to Relationship Research
News, our editorial team has grown. Rodney
Cate (Emeritus, Family Studies, University of
Arizona, United States), Catrin Finkenauer
(Social Psychology, Fr...
|A Report on Personal Relationships: Part 2. Fall 2005
||Since June 1, I have been serving as Editor of
Personal Relationships, supported by an
amazing, but still incomplete, team of Associate
Editors: Susan Boon (Psychology, University of
Calgary, Canada), Mario Mikulincer
(Psychology, Bar-Ilan Unive...
|Resources for Friendship Intervention
||Programs affecting friendship patterns can be implemented at the individual, dyadic, network, immediate environment, community, or societal level. Literature specifically focused on friendship intervention is scarce. The relevance of other resources ...
|Secondary Friendship Networks and Psychological Well-Being Among Elderly Women.
||One of-the major issues in social gerontology is, and has been, the relationship between social integration and psychological well-being during old age. There are two major theories which predict opposite outcomes. Activity theory suggests that the a...
|Soap Fans: Pursuing Pleasure and Making Plans in Everyday Life, by C. Lee Harrington & Denise D. Bielby.
||Soap Fans: Pursuing Pleasure and Making Meaning in Everyday Life. By C. Lee Harrington and Denise D. Bielby. Temple University Press, 1995. 225 pp. Cloth, $49.95; paper, $19.95.
Reviewer: REBECCA G. ADAMS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
|Stepping in the Right Direction.
||Collectively, the articles published in this issue remind us of the advantages of studying a variety of types of relationships in a variety of cultural contexts. Although in the editor's preface to the last issue of Personal Relationships (Volume 16,...
|Stigma and the Inappropriately Stereotyped: The Deadhead Professional.
||The Grateful Dead, a North American rock band that stopped performing in 1995 after thirty years together, was as well known for its fans as it was for its music. Deadheads, as these fans are called, traveled from venue to venue to hear the band play...
|Structural Predictors of Problematic Friendships in Later Life.
||The purpose of this study was to examine the constraining and facilitating effects of social structural position (age, sex, race, class, financial sufficiency, and number of friends) on opportunities for friendship. We hypothesized that the greater t...
|Studying Personal Relationships across the Lifespan.
||This issue represents a celebration of the study of personal relationships across the lifespan. Whether using a sociological framework to study how the variation of social structural opportunities and constraints across the life course shapes social ...
|Thinking Sociologically about Personal Relationships.
||When my associate editors and I were discussing who would be our team’s second distinguished scholar, psychologist Susan Boon suggested Graham Allan, pointing out that he thinks “in bigger circles” than most personal relationship scholars and therefo...
|Which Comes First: Poor Psychological Well-Being or Decreased Friendship Activity?
||Research has shown there is a positive relationship between friendship activity and psychological well-being. The common interpretation of this correlation is that an increase in friendship activity improves psychological well-being. This article sho...