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Förändrade intimitetsformer bland äldre i det senmoderna samhället
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2015 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 52, no 1, 5-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to a neglected reality in Swedish socialresearch: New romantic relationships in later life. Our theoretical points of departure arethe transformation of intimacy and the transition from a culture of marriage to a cultureof divorce. We ask if the transformation of intimacy has reached later life and investigatelate life divorce, attitudes to and choice of union form in late life heterosexual relationships,relationship history and the importance of a relationship for life satisfaction. Theresults, which are based both on demographic data and a survey to 60–90 year old Swedes(n=1225), show that changing relationship patterns in late modern Sweden have reachedolder people. In romantic relationships initiated in later life LAT is the preferred unionform, followed by cohabitation, while marriage is a rare choice. In some respects thismakes older people an avant-garde in the investigation of alternative union forms. Theresults also show the importance of romantic relationships for life satisfaction in later life – independentof union form. Finally we criticize Swedish census data, which is based on civil status,for giving a somewhat distorted image of older people’s family and romantic lives.

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2015. Vol. 52, no 1, 5-32 p.
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divorce culture, late modern Sweden, later life, new romantic relationships, older people, transformation of intimacy, union forms
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124268OAI: diva2:883331
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P11-0909-1
Available from: 2015-12-16 Created: 2015-12-16 Last updated: 2015-12-21Bibliographically approved

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