New intimate relations in later life - a quantitative survey

Project leader

Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2012
End date: 31/12/2014
Funding: 3252000 SEK


Despite claims in family sociology that in late modern society intimacy has been released from its reproductive function and is no longer restricted to any certain period of life, and despite claims in social gerontology that an increased healthy life-span has created a Third Age of self realisation in which intimate relations may have a significant impact, very little Swedish as well as international research has focused on new intimate relationships in later life and their significance for older people's lives. Changing demographical conditions means that people live longer and healthier lives. At the same time new generations with potentially new values are growing old. More than a million of the 60+ population in Sweden today are singles (never married, divorced, widows/widowers), a majority are women and the actual number as well as the proportion of divorcees is increasing. The purpose of this project, based on a representative, stratified, sample of 3 000 Swedes, 60-90 years old , is to study attitudes to, expectations on, and experiences of new intimate relations in later life. This will be studied in the older population generally and in different groups defined on the basis of gender, class, life-course phase, sexual orientation, degree of urbanization and intimacy career. The importance of intimate relationships for older people's quality of life will be studied, and ideas will be generated about how structures of informal support may look for older people in late modern society.

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