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Partner-age in late life unions - ideals vs realities
Högskolan i Gävle, Akademin för hälsa och arbetsliv, Avdelningen för socialt arbete och psykologi, Socialt arbete.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-0295-898X
University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-6096-2752
2016 (Engelska)Ingår i: The Gerontologist, ISSN 0016-9013, E-ISSN 1758-5341, Vol. 56, nr 3, s. 732-732, artikel-id Suppl. 3Artikel i tidskrift, Meeting abstract (Refereegranskat) Published
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Age homo/heterogamy in romantic unions is given little attention in current gerontological research. Still partner age-differences are important for men’s and women’s relationship opportunities. This paper studies actual partner-age (age-difference) in cross-gendered unions, and ideal partner-age both for singles and respondents in unions. The study was carried out by a survey to 60–90 year old Swedes, currently either singles or in a cross-gender relationship (married, cohabiting, LAT) (n=1225). Unions follow a traditionally gendered age structure: 56% of men, but only 16% of women have a younger partner. This pattern is more pronounced: in first unions (p<.001) and unions initiated before 1970 (p<.01). For respondents in unions actual partner-age showed no significant correlation with union form or urbanity (modernity-hypothesis), and not with education or income (power-hypothesis). For respondents in unions Ideal Partner-Age correlates strongly (p<.001; R2=0,76) with actual partner-age (ideal slightly younger). Among single respondents, almost all (92%) single men and half of the single women (47%) prefer a younger partner (8,9 years younger on average for men; 2,2 for women). The proportion preferring a younger partner increases by age, leading to increasingly incompatible age ideals. Results will be discussed in relation to life-course theory; gender and power; the deinstitutionalization hypothesis.

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2016. Vol. 56, nr 3, s. 732-732, artikel-id Suppl. 3
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23273ISI: 000388585003441OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-23273DiVA, id: diva2:1063722
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2016 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting,November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P11-0909:1Tillgänglig från: 2017-01-10 Skapad: 2017-01-10 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-03-13Bibliografiskt granskad

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