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The life course of middle-aged and aged women volunteers and their ways of overcoming negative events

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  • 中高年女性のボランティア開始後のライフコースとネガティブ・イベントへの対処
  • チュウコウネン ジョセイ ノ ボランティア カイシゴ ノ ライフ コース ト ネガティブ イベント エノ タイショ

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This research examines the patterns of the life course of middle-aged and aged women after they have participated in volunteer activities. In addition, it also analyzes the functions of helper networks and helper-helped relationships in situations requiring the resolution of negative events. The following findings were drawn based on interviews with 21 volunteers and participant observations: 1) As with occupational activities, volunteering provides the opportunities for the target partic-ipants to participate in various social roles outside of their home environments. 2) The helper networks and helper-helped relationships could complement each other in such ways that the helper networks were found instrumental in resolving the negative events that had stemmed from helper-helped relationships, and vice versa.

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