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Gendered Ideals vs. Realities for Partner-Age Unions in Later Life
Social Work, Stockholm University. (Socialt arbete)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6096-2752
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work. University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0295-898X
2015 (English)In: Aging Families/Changing Families, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on actual and ideal partner-age among older Swedes, from a gender perspective on age-homo/heterogamy. The paper is based on a survey to 60–90 year old Swedes, currently either singles or in a cross-gender relationship (married, cohabiting, LAT) (n=1225; response rate 42%). All analyses were made also separately for men and women. Results: Unions tend to follow a traditionally gendered age structure: 56% of men but only 16% of women have a younger partner. This age-pattern is more pronounced for those: in first unions (p<.001); in unions initiated before the 1970s (p<.01). There was no significant variation with union form or urbanity (modernity), and not with either education or income (power resources). Ideal partner-age correlates strongly (p<.001; R2=0,76) with actual partner-age for respondents in unions (ideal only slightly younger). Single men and women are freer to envision a younger partner: 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. The results will be discussed in relation to life-course theory; gender and power; the deinstitutionalization hypothesis.

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2015.
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20800OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20800DiVA, id: diva2:877850
Conference
Aging Families/Changing Families: An International Conference, 3-6 June 2015, Syracuse, (NY), USA
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P11-0909:1
Note

Ingår i Session4: Filial Norms, Ideals, and Exchanges in Later Life.

Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-08 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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