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Navazování vážného vztahu v pozdním věku : představy a obavy

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Title in English Establishing serious partner relationship in late life : ideas and worries


Year of publication 2018
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Československá psychologie
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Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords romantic relationships; third age; sexuality; ageing stereotypes; living-apart-together (LAT)
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Description The present study focused on establishing partnership in late life via the internet. By analysing in-depth interviews with five women and four men aged 60-66, the study aimed to describe how heterosexual elderly people conceptualize a serious relationship established in late life, whether these relationships have some characteristics, and what the characteristics are. the participants reported various ideas about the home setting for a new relationship. they ranged from keeping separate households to the slow establishment of a joint household, which could be followed by marriage. Although the conceptualization of a serious relationship was diverse, the participants were similar in sharing the expectation of having partnered sex and, most importantly, in sharing the fear of potential and unpredictable commitments that establishing a serious relationship may bring and that may be associated with ageing or, more precisely, with their beliefs about ageing. this concern determined the dating processes: the preference for a young partner, the need to have an open relationship with temporally separated households, or a relationship with strictly maintained separate households. As a recommendation, it seems essential to work with ageing stereotypes in elderly people who struggle with finding a partner for a serious relationship.
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