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Older People and Their Families

Older People and Their Families CHAPTER 14 Older People and Their Families This chapter presents a review of the literature on family structure, living arrangements, and family relationships of older people drawn from numerous fields of study including family relations, sociology, gerontology, psychology, human development, and anthropology. It spans two decades with emphasis on material from the 1970s and builds upon a foundation laid by previous reviews (Troll, 197 1 ; Adarns, 197 1 ) . Our basic theoretical assumption is that older people who live alone face a different situation with regard to family relationships compared to oIder people who share their households with others. In addition, we as- sume that relationships with family who live in one's household differ from those with famiIy who do not. To begin with, we need to establish the availability of family roles for older people and their preferences for various types of family living arrangements. The review begins with older couples, the most common family relationship within older people's households. We consider the effects of aging on maritaI satisfaction, sexuality, and household division of labor. We also look at the effects of child launching and retirement on maritaI relationships. The variations that health, finances, and social: http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics Springer Publishing

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Springer Publishing
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0198-8794
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1944-4036
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10.1891/0198-8794.1.1.337
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Abstract

CHAPTER 14 Older People and Their Families This chapter presents a review of the literature on family structure, living arrangements, and family relationships of older people drawn from numerous fields of study including family relations, sociology, gerontology, psychology, human development, and anthropology. It spans two decades with emphasis on material from the 1970s and builds upon a foundation laid by previous reviews (Troll, 197 1 ; Adarns, 197 1 ) . Our basic theoretical assumption is that older people who live alone face a different situation with regard to family relationships compared to oIder people who share their households with others. In addition, we as- sume that relationships with family who live in one's household differ from those with famiIy who do not. To begin with, we need to establish the availability of family roles for older people and their preferences for various types of family living arrangements. The review begins with older couples, the most common family relationship within older people's households. We consider the effects of aging on maritaI satisfaction, sexuality, and household division of labor. We also look at the effects of child launching and retirement on maritaI relationships. The variations that health, finances, and social:

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Annual Review of Gerontology & GeriatricsSpringer Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 1980

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