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14 Cards in this Set

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activity theory

the view that satisfaction during old age is related to a person's amount and quality of activity


prejudice and discrimination directed against people because of their age; can be directed against any age group, including youth

continuity theory

focuses on how the elderly continue their ties with their past

disengagement theory

the view that society is stabilized by having the elderly retire (disengage) from their positions of responsibility so the younger generation can step into their shoes


the view that biology is not destiny and that stratification by gender is wrong and should be resisted


the behaviors and attitudes a group considers proper for its males and females

gender age
the relative value placed on men and women's ages

gender stratification

males and females' unequal access to property, power, and prestige

glass ceiling

the mostly invisible barrier that keeps women from advancing to the top levels at work

graying of America

the growing percentage of older people in the US population

life expectancy

the number of years that people can expect to live


a society in which men, as a group, dominate


biological characteristics that distinguish males from females, consisting of primary and secondary sex characteristics

sexual harassment

unwelcome sexual attention at work or school, which may affect job or school performance or create a hostile environment