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New Intimate Relationships in Later Life : Consequences for the Social and Filial Network?
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work. Stockholm University.
2017 (English)In: Journal of family issues, ISSN 0192-513X, E-ISSN 1552-5481, Vol. 38, no 3, 381-405 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to investigate the consequences for linked lives of entering into new intimate relationships in later life. The empirical data is based on qualitative interviews with 28 Swedes aged 63 to 91 years, who have established a new intimate relationship after the age of 60 years or are currently dating. Theories on linked lives and individualization are used. The results show that children were generally supportive of their older parents’ unions and older individuals were often integrated into the new partner’s network. However, a new union also restructured the relationship chain so that time and energy were redirected to the new partner. Older parents preferred to be dependent on partners rather than children/others. A new partner was described as a source for autonomy and a way of “unburdening” children. Results are discussed in light of Western individualism generally and Swedish state supported individualism in particular.

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2017. Vol. 38, no 3, 381-405 p.
Keyword [en]
Autonomy, later life, linked lives, new intimate relationships, relatiionship chain
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20449DOI: 10.1177/0192513X15579503OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20449DiVA: diva2:862365
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Nya intima relationer på äldre dar
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, Forte 2009 0720
Available from: 2015-10-21 Created: 2015-10-21 Last updated: 2017-01-12Bibliographically approved

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