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1st Edition

Intimacy in Later Life

ISBN 9780765805577
Published November 30, 2003 by Routledge
186 Pages

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Book Description

To love and be loved is arguably one of the most powerful and fundamental driving forces sustaining self-esteem and self-identity throughout the life course. Need for reciprocal loving does not change as we grow older, despite failures of health, loss of a partner, late divorce, and alterations of personality due to the aging process. However, most studies of human sexuality have ignored the problems and developing patterns of older adults entering into new partnerships. To fill this gap, Intimacy in Later Life brings together a wide range of distinguished international scholars to address this neglected research area.

Table of Contents

Introduction: New Intimate Relationships in Later Life, 1. Intimacy and Autonomy, Gender and Ageing: Living Apart Together, 2. Late-Life Widowhood in the United States: New Directions in Research and Theory, 3. Re-Engaging: New Partnerships in Late-Life Widowhood, 4. Gender Differences in New Partnership Choices and Constraints for Older Widows and Widowers, 5. The Dilemma of Repartnering: Considerations of Older Men and Women Entering New Intimate Relationships in Later Life, 6. Attitudes of Older Widows and Widowers in New Brunswick, Canada Towards New Partnerships, 7. The “Current Woman” in an Older Widower’s Life, 8. Perceptions of Remarriage by Widowed People in Singapore, Contributors, Index

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