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Disability At Midlife

Guest edited by Carrie Karvonen-Gutierrez (University of Michigan, USA) and Elsa Strotmeyer (University of Pittsburgh, USA), this special issue will highlight the conceptualization and burden of disability and its impact on health and functioning during the midlife and late adulthood. We are looking for descriptive papers that document the burden and trajectory of disability as women age through the midlife as well as the relative disparities in disability by sex, race, socio-economic position and geography. We are interested in papers from a range of frameworks and conceptualizations of disability and how they augment scientific understanding of the process, burden and impact of disability during the midlife.

Manuscripts should be formatted according to the Women's Midlife Health submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. All articles will undergo the journals full standard peer-review process and will be published upon acceptance. In the submission system please select the correct series title and also indicate in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this special series. More information about the series and the journal, including full aims & scope and Editorial Board, can be found on the journal website.

This thematic series is ongoing and new manuscripts will be added upon acceptance.

  1. Getting old is hard, but it beats the alternative. This commentary explores some of the challenges of aging with a physical disability and the considerations taken to prevent further functional decline or inju...

    Authors: Allison Kessler
    Citation: Women's Midlife Health 2022 8:2
  2. Prior literature on disability has centered on disability prevalence among older adults ages 65 and older, providing only limited insight to potential gender differences in disability prevalence in mid-life. M...

    Authors: Serena Wang, Drystan Phillips and Jinkook Lee
    Citation: Women's Midlife Health 2021 7:1
  3. Issues of poor physical functioning and disability are burdensome for midlife adults and evidence suggests that the prevalence of these conditions is increasing temporally. Physical functioning during the midl...

    Authors: Carrie A. Karvonen-Gutierrez and Elsa S. Strotmeyer
    Citation: Women's Midlife Health 2020 6:8
  4. Chronic conditions are associated with worse physical function and commonly develop during midlife. We tested whether the presence of 8 chronic conditions, or the development of these conditions, is associated...

    Authors: Brittney S. Lange-Maia, Kelly Karavolos, Elizabeth F. Avery, Elsa S. Strotmeyer, Carrie A. Karvonen-Gutierrez, Bradley M. Appelhans, Imke Janssen, Sheila A. Dugan and Howard M. Kravitz
    Citation: Women's Midlife Health 2020 6:6