Faculty Publications

Title

When i am an old woman, i shall wear purple: Red hatters cope with getting old

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Aging, Friendship, Leisure, Social groups, Social support, Well-being, Women

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Women and Aging

Volume

20

Issue

1-2

First Page

99

Last Page

114

Abstract

This ethnographic study examined women’s friendships in Red Hat Society (RHS) chapters. Qualitative data included in-depth interviews (n = 25), a focus group interview (n = 7), participant observation, and examination of RHS publications. Results suggest that participation in the RHS (1) aids in developing and enhancing positive attitudes about self and aging that contribute to overall well-being, (2) offers the opportunity to obtain instrumental and emotional support, and (3) provides social connections that prevent feelings of social isolation. Collectively, these findings highlight the potential buffering role of RHS participation in women’s lives. © 2008 by The Haworth Press. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2008

DOI of published version

10.1300/J074v20n01_08

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