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The  Impact  of  New  Intimate  Relationships  in  Later  Life  on  Intergenerational  Exchang
Stockholms Universitet.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2014 (English)In: 8th  International  Conference  on  Cultural  Gerontology: Programme and Abstracts, 2014, 167-167 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Much  social  gerontological  research  has  focused  on  partner  loss  in  later  life  and  how  it  affects  social,  emotional  and  practical  exchanges  between  generations.  In  this  paper  we  instead  ask  how  a  newintimate  relationship  in  later  life  affects  these  inter-­‐generational  exchanges.  The  results  are  based  both   on   qualitative   interviews   with   28   Swedes   (63–91   years)   either   dating   or   living   in   new  relationships  initiated  after  the  age  of  60  (marriage,  cohabitation,  LAT),  and  a  quantitative  survey  to  60–90  year  old  Swedes  (n=1225).  In  the  interviews  we  found  that  the  informants  described  changes  in  what  we  conceptualize  as  the  ‘relationship  chain’  –a  hierarchy  in  social  and  care  responsibilities–where  the  new  partner  stepped  in  at  the  very  front  of  the  chain.  The  follow-­‐up  survey  confirmed  a  hierarchy  of  dependencies,  where  partners  tend  to  come  first,  followed  by  children,  friends  and  the  state.  The  interviews  further  showed  that  the  informants  recurrently  described  their  partners  as  a  resource  for  their  own  autonomy  as  well  as  that  of  their  children  and  friends.  We  interpret  these  findings  in  light  of  an  individualist  culture  of  independence  that  characterizes  the  Nordic  countries,  aided  by  a  strong  welfare  state,  involving  a  strong  ethic  of  not  being  a  burden,  even  to  your  own  children.

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2014. 167-167 p.
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geriatrics, later life, intimate relationship, 60+
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20805OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20805DiVA: diva2:877885
8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology, 10–12 April 2014, National University of Ireland Galway Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh
Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-08 Last updated: 2015-12-08Bibliographically approved

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