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Understanding the Role of Relationship Maintenance in Enduring Couple Partnerships in Later Adulthood

Chonody, Jill M. and Gabb, Jacqui (2019). Understanding the Role of Relationship Maintenance in Enduring Couple Partnerships in Later Adulthood. Marriage & Family Review, 55(3) pp. 216–238.

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Abstract

Intimate relationships in later adulthood are understudied despite their positive association with health and well-being. This cross-sectional mixed methods study sought to redress this gap by investigating relationship maintenance in later adulthood. Our international sub-sample comprised 1,565 participants aged 55 + and in an ongoing relationship. Results from hierarchical multiple regression indicated that overall happiness with the relationship had the largest effect size on relationship maintenance, with 53% of the variance explained. Content analyses of open-ended questions identified companionship and laughter as some of the “best liked” aspects of the relationship. Housework/cooking and saying “I love you” were among the behaviors that made participants feel appreciated. Results illustrated the types of maintenance behaviors adults in later adulthood who are in enduring partnerships employ.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
ISSN: 1540-9635
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetRES-062-23-3056ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: mixed methods; older adults; relationship maintenance; relationship satisfaction; survey
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Item ID: 54950
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: Jisc Publications-Router
Date Deposited: 03 May 2018 09:21
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 22:43
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/54950
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