Sexuality and the Elderly: A Research Guide

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Marriage, Divorce, and Living Arrangements

This chapter includes a wide variety of topics associated with living arrangements. The writers discuss marriage, remarriage, widowhood, divorce, living together without marriage, house-sharing, companionship, and friendship. Also included here are articles about marital satisfaction and adult socialization patterns and adaptation among the elderly both in the community and in long-term care institutions. Many elderly people live alone and studies of that population are also included in this chapter.

Many researchers have investigated problems associated with widowhood. Included in the chapter are investigations of the psychological and social differences between married and widowed older people, friendships among older married and widowed women, suicide rates among widows, and bereavement.

Data for these studies has been collected via questionnaires and interviews.

261 Ade-Ridder Linda. ( 1990). "Sexuality and marital quality among older married couples". In Timothy H. Brubaker (Ed.), Family relationships in later life, 2nd ed. (pp. 48-67). Newbury Park, CA: SAGE Publications.

The author studied 670 married elders concerning their sexual interest and sexual behavior and their relation to marital quality. The respondents averaged 72 years of age and had been

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