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Skyddar en parrelation på äldre dar mot ensamhet?
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0295-898X
Institutionen för socialt arbete, Socialhögskolan, Stockholms universitet, Stockholm, Sverige.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6096-2752
Institutionen för samhälls- och välfärdsstudier (ISV), NISAL, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, Sverige. (NISAL)
2016 (Swedish)In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 23, no 1, 19-36 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to study the importance of intimate relationships as protection from loneliness in later life. We base ourselves on a survey to Swedes aged 60–90 (n=1 225) focusing on intimate relationships. The analysis considers neglected issues in ageing research on loneliness: the importance of union form, the importance of looking at relationship dissolution in terms of both widowhood and divorce, and the importance of new late life unions (a gains perspective). We use two theoretical perspectives: the discrepancy model (realities vs. ideals), and the protection hypothesis, where the partner is generally the first and most important source of support in everyday life. The results show that a partner protects against loneliness and that union form matters: marriage provides the best protection, followed by cohabitation and Living Apart Together (LAT). Feelings of loneliness decrease over time following a union dissolution – and, for men, more rapidly after separation than widowhood. The more the ideal union form differs from one’s actual union form, the more common are feelings of loneliness. Initiating a new relationship after a union dissolution protects against loneliness. The article discusses the importance of using union form instead of civil status as relationship indicators in studies of older people in late modern Sweden, and of including separation/divorce as indicators of union dissolution besides widowhood. It also stresses the importance of looking at later life not only from a loss – but also from a gains – perspective.

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2016. Vol. 23, no 1, 19-36 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22550OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22550DiVA: diva2:1025542
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P11-0909:1
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Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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