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New Intimate Relationships and Informal Care Obligations in Later Life
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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Much social gerontological research has focused on the impact of widowhood on social relationships in later life, and access to informal care resources. In this paper we instead ask how a new intimate relationship in later life effect social and filial relationships as well as care obligations. In an initial qualitative study, interviews were conducted with a strategical sample of 28 Swedes, 63–91 years, who had established a new intimate relationship after the age of 60 (or who are dating). We found that the respondents 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. This is positively perceived by the informants, who recurrently describe their partners as a resource for their own autonomy as well as that of their children, relatives and friends. In the presentation these finding will be further critically examined in relation to results from a new representative study of 3.000 60-90 years old Swedes (data collection just finished).

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97859OAI: diva2:680826
The 66th Annual meeting of Gerontological Society of America (GSA), New Orleans, November 20-24, 2013
Nya intima relationer på äldre dar
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, Dnr 2009-0720
Available from: 2013-12-18 Created: 2013-12-18 Last updated: 2016-06-30Bibliographically approved

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