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Caring while living apart
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2007 (English)In: Journal of gerontological social work, ISSN 0163-4372, E-ISSN 1540-4048, Vol. 49, no 4, 3-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, researchers have paid increasing attention to the issue of care in the new types of family and partner relationships. The aim of this study is to examine expectations and attitudes concerning care among elderly people in LAT (Living Apart Together)- relationships in Sweden, that is, people who have a long-term intimate relationship, but who do not share a common home. Questionnaires were completed by 116 elderly people in LAT-relationships. Partners are ranked as the main providers of care, especially by men, but there is considerable variation in the answers. This seems to be principally related to the degree of flexibility in this type of relationship. Some individuals see a LAT-relationship as a marriage-like relationship, while others see it primarily as a type of relationship that guarantees them the possibility of maintaining their own independent way of life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2007. Vol. 49, no 4, 3-27 p.
Keyword [en]
Social care, elderly care, aging, care giving, LAT-relationships, women, men, intimacy, elder care, Sweden
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-17882DOI: 10.1300/J083v49n04_02OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-17882DiVA: diva2:157555
Available from: 2007-11-22 Created: 2007-11-22 Last updated: 2017-10-10Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Tillsammans men var för sig: Om särboenderelationer mellan äldre kvinnor och män i Sverige
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tillsammans men var för sig: Om särboenderelationer mellan äldre kvinnor och män i Sverige
2006 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Together but still apart : Elderly women and men Living Apart Together in Sweden
Abstract [en]

Contemporary family life and intimate relationships today are characterised by increasing heterogeneity. In the growing body of research on this differentiation, the role of the elderly people has largely been ignored. But to an increasing extent the "young old" (65-74 years of age), in particular, are active participants in the process of the differentiation of intimate relationships. One of the least researched contributions of the elderly to the restructuring of contemporary intimate relationships is the establishment of lastint intimate relationships that do not include a mutual home, i.e. an alternative to marriage or other forms of cohabition. This type of relationship is referred to as Living Apart Together (henceforth LAT-relationships. In Swedish: särboende). The aim of this thesis is to examine LAT-relationships among elderly heterosexual individuals in Sweden, focusing in particular on the influence of this type of relationship on commitments, intimacy and autonomy. A major dilemma is the question of who should provide the care and service that ageing often demands. A pluralistic methodological approach has been adopted in the four differnt papers in this thesis, whick includes the use of a qualitative pilot study, a broad quantitative questionnaire study, a qualitative interview study and finally a qualitative study with a lifestory perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Socialt arbete, 2006. 53 p.
Series
Studier i socialt arbete vid Umeå universitet : avhandlings- och skriftserie, ISSN 0283-300X ; 47
Keyword
Social service, LAT-relations, aging, home, women, intimacy, autonomi, care, gender issues, Socialt arbete
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-699 (URN)91-7264-015-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2006-03-10, F 214, Mittuniversitetet, Studentplan hus F, Östersund, 13:00
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Available from: 2006-02-13 Created: 2006-02-13 Last updated: 2017-10-10Bibliographically approved

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