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Time as a structuring condition for new intimate relationships in later life: A qualitative study of elderly Swedes
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies. (Socialt arbete)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0295-898X
Stockholms universitet.
2013 (English)In: The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging: Abstract Book, Springer, 2013, Vol. 17, Suppl. 1, 109-110 p.Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Social gerontology about intimacy in old age has almost exclusively focused on institutionalized life-long marriages. However, mobility in and out of intimate relationships has become more common in late modern societies also in later life. In this paper the research questions are: What characterizes the formation of new intimate relationships in later life? Are there any specific, more or less universal, conditions that separate them from relationships in earlier life phases?

Method: Qualitative interviews were used with a strategical sample of 28 6-?91 year old Swedes, who have established a new intimate heterosexual relationship after the age of 60 or who are dating.

Results: The results showed time as constituting a central structuring condition for new intimate relationships in later life. In the results three aspects of time: Available free time, Lived time and Remaining time ? which all have a constituting and formative power on new late in life relationships are discussed in relation to theories of late modernity and the Third Age and in relation to changing demographical conditions.

Conclusion: The concluding discussion will be about the time theoretical frame as a model for understanding experiences of ageing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2013. Vol. 17, Suppl. 1, 109-110 p.
Series
The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, ISSN ISSN 1279-7707 EISSN 1760-4788 ; Supplement 1
Keyword [en]
intimacy, later life, time
National Category
Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20806Libris ID: 11243855OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20806DiVA: diva2:877888
Conference
20th World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), June 23-27, 2013 Seoul, Korea
Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-08 Last updated: 2017-02-22Bibliographically approved

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