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New Intimate Relationships in Later Life: Consequences for the Social and Filial Network?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
University of Gävle, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Journal of family issues, ISSN 0192-513X, E-ISSN 1552-5481Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to investigate the consequences for linked lives ofentering into new intimate relationships in later life. The empirical data isbased on qualitative interviews with 28 Swedes aged 63 to 91 years, whohave established a new intimate relationship after the age of 60 years or arecurrently dating. Theories on linked lives and individualization are used. Theresults show that children were generally supportive of their older parents’unions and older individuals were often integrated into the new partner’snetwork. However, a new union also restructured the relationship chain sothat time and energy were redirected to the new partner. Older parentspreferred to be dependent on partners rather than children/others. A newpartner was described as a source for autonomy and a way of “unburdening”children. Results are discussed in light of Western individualism generallyand Swedish state supported individualism in particular.

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London: Sage Publications, 2015.
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autonomy, later life, linked lives, new intimate relationships, relationship chain
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124269DOI: 10.1177/0192513X15579503OAI: diva2:883333
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, Dnr 2009–0720
Available from: 2015-12-16 Created: 2015-12-16 Last updated: 2016-09-15

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