Changing Union Forms Among Older People in Late Modern Sweden
2015 (English)In: Aging Families/Changing Families, 2015Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
This paper focuses on union form in cross-gender relationships in later life, against the background of the transformation of intimacy in late modernity. Results are based on a survey to 60–90 year old Swedes (n=1225; response rate 42%) and European census data. Sweden seems to be the only country where there are more divorced than widowed people in this age group. Almost 1/3 of Swedes, aged 60-90, categorized as “singles” by official Swedish census data on civil status, are in fact living as LATs or cohabitants. In new romantic relationships initiated 60+ the dominant union form is LAT (70%) followed by cohabitation (26%), while marriage is rare (4%). Less than 2 in 10 singles think that is important to be married – and among marrieds less than 8 in 10. Relationship history data shows that although half of the respondents have been married only once, one third (33%) have had 2+ cohabiting unions (marital/non-marital), half (46%) 2+ established relationships, and a majority (66%) 3+ sexual partners. The results indicate that the transformation of intimacy includes older Swedes. Discussion: Should we see older people as a vanguard in the exploration of late modern intimacy, rather than carriers of cultural lag?
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
later life, cross-gender relationsship, intimacy, late modernity
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20798OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20798DiVA: diva2:877846
Aging Families/Changing Families: An International Conference, 3-6 June 2015, Syracuse (NY), USA
Ingår i Session8: New Forms of Partnerships in Later Life.2015-12-082015-12-082016-01-27Bibliographically approved